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April 2019
Promotion Announced in Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago People & Culture Department

CHICAGO - (April 1, 2019) The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recently announced the promotion of Kathryn Medina to senior vice president of People & Culture and chief human resources officer. In her new role, Ms. Medina has oversight of human resources, diversity and inclusion and internal communications.

Ms. Medina will become the first Latina member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Medina joined the Chicago Fed in 2016 as vice president of talent management. In that role she managed the areas of talent acquisition, leadership and organizational development, compensation and employee relations. She was promoted to vice president of human resources in 2017, overseeing the additional functions of HR operations and people analytics.

Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Medina was the chief talent officer for APCO Worldwide, an independent, global communications and business strategy firm. Before joining APCO, she was executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the Office of Personnel Management. In that role, she directed a broad portfolio of activities and focused on strategic human capital management for the federal workforce of two million employees.

Ms. Medina holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Education in global human resource development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also earned a Lean Six Sigma certificate from Villanova University. Ms. Medina has been a certified senior professional in human resources since 2006, and has earned both HR industry distinctions – SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Ms. Medina is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and has served on a number of advisory panels, including the Next Generation of Government and American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council. She was a member of the board of TBI, a subsidiary of the Association for Talent Development, and a former adjunct professor for Georgetown University Graduate School of Continuing Studies, where she taught strategic human capital management.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

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