Kirstin Wells is a vice president and the Chicago Fed's risk officer.
Prior to this role, Wells was an assistant vice president in the financial markets group, where her work focused on policy issues related to risk management in derivatives clearing and settlement and innovations in general purpose payment systems. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, she was a vice president for payment system strategy at Wachovia Corporation, and a senior policy analyst in the payment risk area at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
In 2009, Wells 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. Wells received a B.A. in economics from Calvin College and an M.A. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.