Velda Jones-Potter has a history of ‘firsts’ in science, business and government in Delaware – the first state. On January 3, 2017, Velda was inaugurated and currently serves as Wilmington’s City Treasurer, the first woman and African-American to hold the office. As city treasurer, Velda:
- Produced over $20 million in savings for taxpayers
- Infused an additional $4 million into the local economy through pension benefits
- Educated over 600 children in financial literacy through the Smart Savers program
In January 2009, Velda became the first African-American in Delaware history to hold statewide elective office. As State Treasurer, Velda steered Delaware through its worst fiscal crisis since the great depression and is lauded for nationally recognized financial education and empowerment initiatives launched during her tenure.