Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden
Wooden was elected State Treasurer on November 6, 2018, following
a successful 21-year career as an investment attorney specializing
in public pension plans.
He was sworn-in as Connecticut's 83rd State Treasurer on
January 9, 2019.
Most recently, Treasurer Wooden was a Partner in a major law firm
where he led its public pension plan investment practice and was a
member of the Investment Section of the National Association of
Public Pension Attorneys.
Early in his legal career, he worked in the AFL-CIO's Office of
Investment in Washington, D.C.
From 2011 to 2015, Treasurer Wooden served as President of the
Hartford City Council.
He also was a member of the Connecticut Citizen's Ethics Advisory
Board, which interprets and enforces the state's ethics laws and
oversees the Connecticut Office of State Ethics.
Treasurer Wooden's passion for public service began at home.
He was born and raised in the north end of Hartford as the youngest
of six children.
From a young age, his parents taught him the importance of a good
education, hard work and giving back to your community.
His father owned a television repair and record shop. His mother was
a teachers' aide in a program to prepare preschool-aged children for
school, and later worked at the Community Renewal Team as part of
their lead poison prevention and energy assistance programs for
As a child, Treasurer Wooden participated in a de-segregation busing
program and attended Manchester Public Schools, where he graduated
high school with honors.
He went on to earn a four-year academic scholarship to Trinity
College in Hartford, where he now serves as a member of its Board of
Upon college graduation, Treasurer Wooden worked for the Mayor of
Hartford and then as Connecticut Director of Project Vote, a
national voter registration and education program. He also served as
a key aide for the Connecticut Commissioner of Social Services.
He later attended New York University School of Law before beginning
his career at Day Pitney.
Super Lawyers magazine
designated him a Connecticut Super Lawyer for Securities and
Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate.
Pensions and Investments named
him one of the "Twenty-Five Investment Professionals to Watch."
magazine named him as one of the most influential black lawyers in
Treasurer Wooden is the proud father of two boys.
Revised January 2019