Shawn Wooden is a Partner and Chief Public Pension Strategist in the Institutional Client & Product Solutions group. Prior to joining the firm in 2023, Shawn was Treasurer of the State of Connecticut from January 2019 to January 2023. As State Treasurer, he served as the sole trustee of the $45 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, administered a $26 billion debt management program, managed more than $259 billion in annual cash transactions and held seats on 25 quasi-governmental authorities, boards and commissions. Prior to that, Shawn was a Partner at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP where he headed the firm's Public Pension Plan investment practice.
Shawn previously served as President of the National Association of State Treasurers, a bipartisan organization that serves as the nation's foremost authority for responsible State Treasury programs and related financial practices, policies and education. Shawn holds a Certificate in Public Treasury Management, Investments and Pensions from the National Institute of Public Finance. Shawn graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. degree in History and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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.
Treasurer Wooden is the proud father of two boys.