Kirstin Wells is a vice president and the Chicago Fed's risk officer.
Prior to this role, Wells was an assistant vice president, financial markets in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Before she was appointed to her current role, she was a business economist, financial markets in the department.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Wells was a vice president for payment system strategy at Wachovia Corporation and a senior analyst at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the payment risk area. She began her career as a statistical analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She is currently an adjunct professor of economics at the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University, River Forest, IL.
Wells received a B.A. in economics from Calvin College and an M.A. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. In 2009, she earned a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her dissertation research examined the impact of socioeconomic factors and government form on the distribution of urban services.