On the Record with Esther George - Episode 3 (April 15, 2021)

last updated on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in General

This episode of On the Record was published on April 15, 2021.

Hello and thank you for joining us for “On the Record”, a podcast production of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. This is your host, John Biestman, Senior Relationship Manager.

In addition to our companion podcast “FHLB Des Moines Insider”, which we have regularly produced on a monthly basis, we are pleased to continue with this episode of “On the Record”. In this series, we sit down with subject matter experts in such areas as: capital markets, economics, balance sheet management and much more. For this installment, we’ll be conversing with a very special guest Esther George, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Today, President George will be interviewed by our President and CEO, Kris Williams.

First, some background on President George.

Esther George is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and leads a workforce of close to 2,000 employees in Kansas City and its branch offices in Omaha, Denver and Oklahoma City.

The Kansas City Fed is responsible for conducting monetary policy, providing financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. Treasury, and supervising nearly 1,000 banking organizations within the Tenth Federal Reserve District, a seven-state region that includes western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico.

As the region’s representative on the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington, President George participates in monetary policy deliberations and provides a perspective based on three decades of experience as a banking supervisor. Her policy views are informed by regular contacts with the region’s business leaders, workers, financial institutions and community leaders.

President George also leads the development of the FedNow Service, which will provide financial institutions with the ability to settle payments in real-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, she hosts the annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Wyoming, which brings together international central bankers, researchers and policymakers to discuss issues affecting the global economy.

As many of you know, our President and CEO, Kris Williams joined FHLB Des Moines in January of 2020 and has been associated with the FHLB System since 2004. Prior to joining us, Kris was Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

Welcome, Esther and Kris. Thank you for participating on this special “On the Record” podcast. We are very fortunate to hear your views during this pivotal economic time.


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