Neria Douglass of Auburn is Maine’s 50th State Treasurer. She served for eight years as State Auditor and is an attorney-at-law and Certified Internal Auditor. She led the Maine Department of Audit in reporting financial statement opinions faster, resulting in achievement of the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting each year since 2007. Using her legal skills and experience in the State’s complex financial systems and accounts, she inspired staff to accelerate audit reports so information given to Legislators is more current. Under her leadership, staff identified millions of dollars useful to State government: monies due to the general fund; reimbursements available from the federal government; and money due but not received.
She served in the Maine Senate from 1998 to 2004. During her legislative service, she focused on improving accounting practices in state government, access and quality in public education at all levels, affordable health care, and patients’ rights. Senator Douglass worked to secure privacy in telephone and internet services, and safety for families affected by domestic violence. She served on the Auburn City Council from 1994 to 1998 and was Chair of the Auburn School Committee from 1989 to 1994.
Douglass earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University and her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She is admitted to practice law in the US Supreme Court, the US District Court for Maine, and the State of Maine, and has been a prosecutor and a private attorney.
She has been married to Paul Douglass for 35 years and is mother to grown children, Ryan, Nathan, and Neria Lauren.