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Economic Development Director,
Community Development and Policy Studies

  1. Where are you from? Hazel Crest, Ill.
  2. What is your educational background? I have a B.S. in sociology from Illinois State University and a M.A. in Public Policy from Northwestern University.
  3. When did you start at the Bank? 1998
  4. What do you do at the Bank?

    Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) is a division of the Economic Research Department. CDPS promotes fair access to credit and financial services and researches issues that impact low- and moderate-income communities. As an economic development director since 2011, I oversee and evaluate economic capacities and sustainable growth opportunities within the Federal Reserve’s Seventh District by conducting seminars and workshops and preparing written materials dealing with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, and other consumer protection laws and regulations. Prior to this role, I spent 13 years as an examiner-in-charge and in a managing role assessing compliance with various regulations in community, regional, and large state member banks and bank holding companies throughout the District.

  5. Why do you like working here? I like working for a purpose driven organization.
  6. What makes for a successful Chicago Fed employee? If you are someone who is motivated personally and professionally to pursue the greater public good by fostering economic security and equal opportunity for all, the Chicago Fed is the place for you. The Federal Reserve’s Seventh District is unique in that it includes both major urban hubs as well as rural markets, so regardless of your background or areas of interest, we have a need for your expertise!
  7. What do you do in your free time? I am huge fan of craft beer! Aside from enjoying sampling tasty suds from all over the country, I like that craft breweries hire locally, build comradery and a sense a place, and encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth in the communities they serve.
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