Beth Pearce was elected to a fourth term in office in November 2016. She served her first term upon appointment to the position of Vermont State Treasurer by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011. Previous to assuming the role of State Treasurer, she served for more than seven years as Vermont's Deputy Treasurer.
Treasurer Pearce has almost 40 years of experience in government finance at both the state and local levels. As State Treasurer, she has emphasized the importance of maintaining Vermont's bond rating. Vermont has the highest general obligation bond ratings of any New England state. She continues her advocacy for conservative and affordable debt practices, prudent management of the pension systems, and responsible use of reserves.
Treasurer Pearce is the current President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). She previously served as the Vice President. She also serves as the Secretary of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT). In 2015, she received NASACT's President's Award for national leadership in state government transparency. She is the Past President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and is one of two state advisors to the Uniform Law Commission on Unclaimed Property. NAUPA recognized her service in 2013 and awarded her the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. NAST also recognized her service in 2013 with the Harlan Boyles-Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award.
She was selected as one of ten notable women featured by The Bond Buyer in a special supplement on trailblazing women in public finance.
Prior to joining the Vermont State Treasurer's Office, Pearce served as Deputy Treasurer for Cash Management at the Massachusetts State Treasurer's Office from 1999-2003; Deputy Comptroller for the Town of Greenburgh, New York; and as the Accounting Manager and Financial Operations Manager for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition, she has served as a fiscal officer with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and as a project director for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services.
Treasurer Pearce has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She has prepared financial reports that have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.
She resides in Barre, Vermont.