Looking Ahead to America250

In preparation for the 4th of July weekend and the celebrations that come with it, we hosted an exciting webinar on June 29 to explore America250, a multiyear effort to commemorate our nation’s upcoming Semiquincentennial in 2026, marking its 250th anniversary. The webinar featured the Honorable Rosie Rios, the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and current chair of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission. During our program, we discussed the ongoing activities and plans to celebrate our first 250 years and inspire Americans to envision the next 250 years.

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, established by Congress in 2016, is a nonpartisan group composed of 16 private citizens, 4 U.S. Representatives, 4 Senators, and 12 ex-officio members from all three branches of the federal government and its independent agencies. Their mission is to plan and orchestrate the grand 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

Rosie Rios was designated as the chair for the United States Semiquincentennial Commission in July 2022, following her prior appointment by Congress as one of the Commission’s 16 private citizens. From 2009 to 2016, Rios served as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and just completed her term as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Rios is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 384-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. She currently serves on the board of American Family Insurance, Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at Harvard, the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners and was previously a Trustee with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). Her personal passion includes EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women and recently launched Notable Women, a project with some folks at Google’s Creative Lab that uses Augmented Reality to teach kids about historic American women. She remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area under her “RESCUE” initiative: Real Estate for Socially Conscious Urban Empowerment.