Shawn T. 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, 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, DC. From 2011 to 2015, 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.
Wooden earned a four-year academic scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, where he now serves as a member of its board of trustees. Upon college graduation, 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.” Savoy magazine named him as one of the most influential black lawyers in the country.