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Staff available to comment on economic and Chicago Fed issues.

Subject Matter Experts

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's subject matter experts are available to talk to members of the media about topics including regional and national economic conditions.

How Do I Submit a Request for Comment?

Requests for comment and/or questions can be submitted to the Chicago Fed's media department at the number listed at right.

Who Is Available to Comment?

The Chicago Fed's media department evaluates requests for comment according to the forum, subject matter, and availability of our subject matter experts. Please note that our experts cannot discuss macroeconomic topics around the time of Federal Open Market Committee meetings

Subject Matter Experts

Dan Sullivan

U.S. Economy

Daniel G. Sullivan
Executive Vice President and Director of Research
Daniel is the chief economic advisor to Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, providing insight on the national economy, monetary policy, banking, labor issues and international economics and finance.
David Marshall

Financial Markets

David Marshall
Senior Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of Financial Markets
David has wide expertise on business cycles, monetary policy and financial markets. He leads a multidisciplinary team of experts on financial market risk issues.
William Testa

Midwest Economy

William Testa
Vice President and Director of Regional Research
Bill is an expert on specific midwestern economic issues, including economic development programs, regional economic growth trends and state–local public finance initiatives.
William Strauss

Manufacturing

William Strauss
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor
Bill analyzes the performance of the manufacturing sector, including the steel and auto industries, as well as the Midwest and national economy. He is the spokesperson for the monthly release of the Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI).
David Oppedahl

Agriculture

David Oppedahl
Business Economist
David follows the agricultural sector and monitors agribusiness conditions. Every three months, he conducts a survey of agricutural land values and credit conditions in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa and reports the results in the Chicago Fed's quarterly AgLetter.
Doug Evanoff

Banking Markets

Doug Evanoff
Vice President and Senior Research Advisor, Banking
Doug oversees research on financial markets, institutions and regulation. He serves as an advisor to senior management of the Federal Reserve System on regulatory issues and is chairman of the Bank's annual Conference on Bank Structure and Competition.
Thomas Klier

Auto Industry

Thomas Klier
Senior Economist
Thomas analyzes the structure and geography of the automobile industry, with special emphasis on the auto supplier sector. He also studies other regional economic development issues such as what motivates location decisions of headquarters.
Rick Mattoon

Energy, Higher Education and State and Local Public Finance

Rick Mattoon
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor
Rick is an expert on a wide variety of infrastructure issues that face the Midwest regional economy.
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Anna Paulson

Financial Issues

Anna Paulson
Vice President and Director of Financial Research
Anna conducts research on financial access for immigrants and entrepreneurship and other financial market issues.
Scott Brave

Chicago Fed National Activity Index

Scott Brave
Business Economist
Scott analyzes inflationary expectations and business cycles such as recessions through the prism of the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index, a weighted average of 85 indicators of national economic activity.