Ernie Almonte is running for Rhode Island General Treasurer because he believes that Rhode Islanders deserve more from their elected officials.
Throughout his professional career, Ernie Almonte has been a trusted voice of leadership in Rhode Island, particularly on money matters. Known for his work ethic and vision, the lifelong Rhode Islander has put his financial expertise and management skills to work for the betterment of everyone in the Ocean State. He has never been afraid to ask the tough questions or to hold elected leaders accountable. Ernie also has a proven track record of engaging people on different sides of an issue and bringing them together to work toward a common goal.
Ernie has been married to his wife Kathy for 31 years and is the proud father of five sons: Christopher, David, Stephen, Ryan and Patrick.
A native of Johnston, Ernie graduated from Johnston High School and went on to attend Bryant University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in taxation.
From 1994 to 2010, Ernie served as Rhode Island’s Auditor General. In this key role, he audited the $7 billion comprehensive report for the state and an annual $3 billion federal audit, and had oversight of municipal, fraud, and quasi-public agency audits. During his 16-year tenure, Ernie instituted a policy mandating that all audit reports be posted to the public Rhode Island Auditor General’s website to ensure transparency and accountability.
In 2004, Ernie completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and Innovations in Governance.
After serving as president of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs, Ernie became the first public servant to be elected national chairman for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He now serves as chairman of the AICPA’s National Financial Literacy Commission.
Ernie has served for the past three years as chairman of the U.S. Department of Defense Audit Committee, a role appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. He has also been an appointee of the Comptroller General of the United States to the Government Auditing Standards Committee, served as president of the National Association of State Auditors, and chaired the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves.
Ernie Almonte was twice named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession.
In 2011, Ernie founded the Almonte Group LLC, a full service accounting firm providing tax, audit, anti-fraud, expert witness testimony, forensic accounting and consulting services. He also serves as president of government services and chairman of the board for Virtual DBS in North Kingstown, RI.
In addition to his financial work, Ernie is an adjunct professor at Brown University.