PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced his appointment of Jeff Padwa as Chief of Staff for the Rhode Island Treasury.
Padwa has served as Deputy Treasurer and Chief Legal Counsel in the Treasurer's Office since January 2015; in that role, he successfully represented Treasury in negotiations to resolve lawsuits related to the state's 2011 pension reform, and worked on the recent refinancing of state debt. Most recently, Padwa has served as Acting Chief of Staff in Treasury since former Chief of Staff Andrew Roos's departure earlier this month. Prior to joining the Treasury, Padwa served as Providence City Solicitor under the administration of Mayor Angel Taveras.
"Jeff's experience managing dozens of attorneys in a busy Solicitor's Office, along with his expertise in pension and securities law, make him ideally suited to serve as Chief of Staff in the Treasurer's Office," Magaziner said. "Our talented team at Treasury congratulates Jeff and looks forward his leadership."
Magaziner also announced that Bea Lanzi and Kelly Rogers have each been selected to serve as Deputy Treasurer. Lanzi will also continue in her role as Director of Legislation and Outreach in the Treasurer's Office, and Rogers will continue to serve as Magaziner's Director of Policy.
Prior to joining Treasury in January, Rogers worked as the Manager of Policy and Public Affairs at Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC). She previously worked in the Washington, DC government relations office of Chesapeake Energy, and was a research participant at United Nations climate change conferences in Denmark, Mexico and South Africa.
Lanzi was Vice President at United Way of Rhode Island before joining Magaziner's administration in January. She is also an adjunct professor at Bristol Community College. From 1993 to 2002, Lanzi represented Cranston as a Democrat in Rhode Island House of Representatives; she was elected to the state Senate in 2003 and served until 2012.
"Bea and Kelly are vital members of my senior staff, and their complementary portfolios of experience and accomplishment in policy and government affairs make them ideally suited to serve jointly as Deputy Treasurers as we move forward with initiatives to create jobs and protect the economic well-being of all Rhode Islanders."