Aligning Workforce Development and Employment Strategies for Historically Black Colleges and Universities - January 16-17, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives, the Bank's research department, and the district's community and economic development function. He also serves as a member of the Bank's management and discount committees. He is an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Einhorn award for excellence in executive MBA teaching. His research is primarily focused on monetary and fiscal policy issues. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals and he has served as editor for several conference volumes on a wide range of macroeconomic and monetary-economic topics. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.

Anna Alvarez Boyd is the senior associate director of the division of consumer and community affairs, Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Her responsibilities include directing the policy and community development programs, oversight of the Reserve Bank Community Affairs programs, consumer and community development research, and identification and monitoring of emerging issues. She has diverse experience in government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors, where she has managed housing and mortgage finance and community development programs at both a national and regional level. Alvarez Boyd also has extensive regulatory experience. She served as deputy comptroller for community affairs at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), where she directed a nationwide team of community development professionals responsible for policy on community development topics. During her tenure with OCC, she founded HOLA, Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement, an employee networking group that helped to increase the recruitment and retention of Hispanics. 

Martha Perine Beard is vice president and regional executive for the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She began her career as a management trainee at the Bank's St. Louis office and subsequently assumed several management positions at the Bank's St. Louis office before transferring to Memphis in 1997. She is very active in Memphis's civic community and is the current board chairman for the United Way of the Mid-South, second vice chairman for the board of directors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and a member of other boards, including the Greater Memphis Chamber. Beard received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and her master's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Carlton E. Brown became the third president of Clark Atlanta University in 2008, after serving a year as executive vice president and provost. He brings a wealth of executive experience and accomplishments in higher education after serving as the president of Savannah State University (SSU) for nine and a half years. While he was SSU's 11th president, student enrollment increased, there were major increases in grants and contracts, student retention improved, and graduate programs were strengthened to increase the number of minorities pursuing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Previously, Brown served as the dean of education at Hampton University in Virginia and taught at the School of Education at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Before coming to Clark, he was appointed by Georgia Board of Regents Chancellor Errol Davis to assist in the implementation of major system-wide initiatives. Brown received his doctorate in multicultural education from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

Shannon A. Brown is senior vice president and chief human resources and diversity officer for FedEx Corporation. Brown's role includes overseeing global initiatives to develop and retain a highly talented and diverse workforce and promoting a safe and sustainably responsible work environment, where employees are empowered to respond to customer needs. Previously, Brown was senior vice president of HR for FedEx Ground. He began his career at FedEx more than 30 years ago as a package handler at the Memphis hub. He has attained numerous awards during his career, including the FedEx Express Five Star Award—the highest employee honor—and the FedEx Express CEO Five Star Award. Born in Memphis, Brown earned his bachelor's degree from National-Louis University and his master's degree from the University of Denver. He currently resides in Memphis.

Todd Greene is vice president in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Greene's responsibilities include providing leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the community and economic development division and for the Americas Center. He is also the codirector of the Atlanta Fed's Center for Human Capital Studies. The community and economic development division addresses a broad range of development topics, including small business, neighborhood stabilization, and workforce and employment. The division undertakes research and analysis and identifies best practices, builds partnerships, and provides training and technical assistance to financial institutions, community and economic development organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Previously, Greene held leadership roles in the private, government, and educational sectors. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and master's degrees in human resources management from Washington University and public administration from Georgia State University.

Glen Hiemstra is the founder of, a website and blog visited by people from over 120 countries. An expert on long-range trends and creating the preferred future, Hiemstra has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades. The author of two previous books, his forthcoming one, Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future, will be published this spring. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, speaker, and consultant, Hiemstra had a career in higher education, teaching at Whitworth University, the University of Washington, and Antioch University–Seattle. At the University of Washington, he published some of the very early research on how communicating via computer networks would change human and organizational communication. At Antioch, his final position was director of the master's degree program in Whole Systems Design. Hiemstra was educated at Whitworth University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. 

Keith Hollingsworth is currently chair and associate professor of management in the Department of Business Administration at Morehouse College. In the division of business and economics, he also serves as an adviser to the Morehouse Business Association and chair of the divisional Scholarship Committee. He is a member and faculty secretary of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. Hollingsworth currently serves as chair of the Faculty Council. He also serves on the Student Welfare Committee and as chair of the International Curriculum Committee for Morehouse's Quality Enhancement Plan. Hollingsworth received a BS in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. His initial research was in productivity analysis, especially data envelopment analysis, but has shifted into the areas of business leadership and business history.

Dennis P. Lockhart is the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He also serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). From 2003 to 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, he served as chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a sponsor/operator of emerging markets venture capital/private equity funds; managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management LP; president of Heller International Group for Heller Financial; and various positions, both domestic and international, with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). He earned a BA in political science and economics from Stanford University and an MA in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Rhonda Medows is the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UnitedHealth Group with oversight of Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and anticipated TriCare programs. She provides leadership and oversight of the initiatives to improve both clinical quality and operational excellence. Previously, Medows served as the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and as the state health officer. Under her leadership, DCH managed the public health and emergency preparedness systems statewide, regulated health care facilities, managed health improvement and access programs focused on rural health, among other activities. Medows's previous roles include practicing medicine at the Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Florida; serving as a corporate medical director for BSCS of Florida; and acting as the chief medical officer for a disease management company. Medows received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Carolyn W. Meyers is the 10th president of Jackson State University and a professor of civil and environmental engineering. She has pushed Jackson State's enrollment to an all-time high of 8,903, increased fund-raising to $7.5 million, and positioned the university to become a national model for educating the underserved and achieving global recognition for excellence in education, research, and service. Meyers has more than 30 years of academic and leadership experience in higher education, serving most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. She served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she was a tenured professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the College of Engineering. She also was a tenured faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was the first associate dean for research at Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. Meyers earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University.

Rolando Montoya serves as provost of Miami Dade College (MDC), where he performs the functions of chief academic and operating officer. During his successful academic and administrative tenure at MDC that started in 1987, Montoya has served in the positions of professor, department chairperson, dean of academic affairs, and president of the Wolfson Campus. His services as professor were recognized with the Carlos Arboleya/NationsBank and the SunTrust Bank endowed teaching chairs. Previously, he served as a business executive in the fields of finance and accounting and as consul of Costa Rica in Miami. A native of Camagüey, Cuba, Montoya grew up in Panamá, Costa Rica, and México, where he developed his appreciation for diversity and international perspectives. He is a certified management accountant and certified financial manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, México, a master's degree in finance, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Florida International University.

Jay C. Moon is the president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), which represents more than 2,200 manufacturers and associated members. He has over 25 years of professional economic development experience in site development, business retention, strategic plan development, financial incentive creation, and marketing. Prior to joining the MMA, Moon served as the deputy director/chief operating officer and director for international development with the Mississippi Development Authority. During that period, he was responsible for the recruitment of many well-known national and international companies to Mississippi, including the $1.5 billion, 5,300-employee Nissan Automotive Assembly facility. He is known for his progressive approach to economic development and is immediate past chair of the International Economic Development Council. Moon is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and has an undergraduate degree in international relations and a master's of public administration from the University of Georgia.                 

Charlie Nelms has served as the chief executive of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) since 2007. He repurposed the university to provide academic support and skills training for all students. Nelms realigned the budget to better support student achievement, emphasized campus-wide accountability and responsibility, and strengthened internal controls and fiscal and administrative infrastructure. Since his tenure, U.S. News and World Report has ranked NCCU as the number one or two public historically black college or university in the nation for three years in a row, and the Washington Monthly recognized NCCU as one of the top 40 master's-level universities for contributions to the public good. Previously, Nelms served as chancellor of Indiana University East and chancellor of the University of Michigan at Flint (UMF). There, he resolved a significant campus budget deficit, reversed a four-year enrollment decline, and secured more than $75 million in private gifts to UMF. Nelms also served as vice president for institutional development and student affairs for the Indiana University system.

Alfreda B. Norman leads the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas's community development team. Her responsibilities include the oversight and strategic direction of the Dallas Fed's work in leading and facilitating coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships that focus on community development; conducting extensive research and training; writing in-depth publications; and organizing and hosting conferences, workshops, and policy forums. Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, Norman was one of the first neighborhood development officers hired by Bank of America in Texas in 1992. In charge of developing a strategic community development plan to extend credit to low- and moderate-income communities, she went on to assume statewide Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) responsibilities with Bank of America's mortgage lending group. Norman earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Graduate School of Retail Banking.

Sarah Bloom Raskin took office at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on October 4, 2010. She has extensive and diverse experience in the financial industry spanning supervision and regulation, compliance, enforcement, and legislation. She is known as a thought leader and critical thinker in the interaction of banking and finance with the public good. Prior to her appointment to the Board, Raskin was the commissioner of financial regulation for the state of Maryland. In this capacity, she and her agency were responsible for regulating a vast array of interconnected financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, and trust companies, among others. Previously, she was managing director at the Promontory Financial Group, banking counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress. Raskin received a BA in economics (magna cum laude) from Amherst College and her JD from Harvard Law School.

Wayne Joseph Riley is the 10th president and CEO of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, to which he brings a broad range of experience in academic medicine, patient care, and administration. Previously, he served as vice-president and vice dean for health affairs and governmental relations and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. At Houston's Ben Taub General Hospital, Baylor's primary public hospital teaching affiliate, he was assistant chief of medicine and a practicing academic general internist and a resident alumnus of Baylor's highly regarded internal medicine residency training program. Riley earned a BA at Yale University, a master of public health in health systems management from Tulane, and an MD from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He also holds an MBA from Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management's MBA for Executives program.

Bill Rodgers is professor and chief economist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. In spring 2006, he joined the graduate faculty at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. He is also a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000–01. He was also the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary. In recent years, he has focused his research on the impact of the 1990s economic expansion and now the current job loss recovery on the earnings and employment of Americans. Recently, he and coauthor Richard Freeman published a series of articles titled "Jobless Recovery: Whatever Happened to the Great American Jobs Machine?" His most recent book is The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination (2006).  

Michael Sherman is senior vice president and global staffing executive for Bank of America. In this role, he is accountable for all hiring-related activity across the enterprise. Leading a global team of more than 600 employees working in 17 countries, he is responsible for defining and driving strategy to fill tens of thousands of positions annually with the highest-quality employees to meet business needs. Sherman partners with the bank's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council to develop and drive a diversity-focused recruitment strategy. Sherman has been with Bank of America since 2005. Prior to his current position, he served as the staffing executive for several of the company's lines of business, including global banking and markets and global wealth and investment management. Sherman graduated from Emory University, where he majored in political science and history.

Mary Evans Sias is the 13th president of Kentucky State University. Under her leadership, the university has added new undergraduate and graduate programs and refocused its study abroad and community-service programs, acknowledging that thriving in the 21st century means being able to work with and understand a diversity of people. Prior to her current role, Sias was the associate provost and senior vice president for student affairs and external relations at the University of Texas–Dallas. She currently chairs the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where she also sits on the executive steering committee for the Millennium Leadership Institute. She's on the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, chairs the Council of Presidents of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, serves on the executive committee of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, is a member of the U.S. Department Agriculture 1890 Task Force, and recently served on the Commission on Educational Attainment under the umbrella of the American Council on Education.
Joseph H. Silver Sr. is managing partner of Silver and Associates. Silver has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including president at Alabama State University and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clark Atlanta University. Previously, he was vice president of the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has also served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of political science at Savannah State University. He also taught and was an administrator at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and was assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Georgia. He is the founding director of the AABHE Leadership and Mentoring Institute. He is a much sought after consultant on higher education issues, accreditation, and international linkages. Silver is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Augustine's College. He holds a master's degree and PhD from Atlanta University.

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College, a small liberal arts college in Dallas. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education. Sorrell's vision is to transform the school into one of America's great small colleges by focusing on servant leadership and academic rigor. Among the college's accomplishments during his tenure have been winning the "2011 HBCU of the Year" and the "2012 HBCU Student Government Association of the Year" titles and achieving full accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Sorrell received his JD and MA in public policy from Duke University. While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the vice president of the Duke Bar Association.

Yvonne Sparks is the senior manager of community development for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In this role, she manages community development activities for the St. Louis region as well as the Bank's seven-state district with branches in Little Rock, Louisville, and Memphis. Sparks has nearly 30 years of experience as a professional nonprofit organization executive, community development banker, public engagement consultant, and trainer of nonprofit executives and board members for NeighborWorks America and the Foundation for Community Empowerment in Dallas. Her experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She has a master's degree in public administration from St. Louis University and an undergraduate degree in administration of justice from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Bill Spriggs has been chair of the department and a professor of economics at Howard University in Washington, D.C., since 2005. Previously, Spriggs was at the Economic Policy Institute as senior fellow and executive director of the National Urban League's (NUL) Institute for Opportunity and Equality, where among other duties he was editor of the State of Black America 1999, and led research on pay equity that won the NUL the 2001 Winn Newman Award from the National Committee on Pay Equity. In 2004, with several of his Washington-based civil rights advocate colleagues, Spriggs was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman's Award. On behalf of the NUL, he gave congressional testimony on how various policies would affect black and low-income communities. Spriggs has held various positions in government and academia and is past board member and president of the National Economic Association—the professional organization of black economists.

George C. Wright is the seventh president of Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. Wright leads the 129-year-old university with an established reputation for producing thousands of African-American engineers, nurses, and educators. A member of the Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service. Prior to his current position, Wright was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas–Arlington, where he also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also taught at Duke University, the University of Texas–Austin, and the University of Kentucky. Wright received a BA and MA in history from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in history from Duke University. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Kentucky.

Kimberly Zeuli is a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, with responsibility for economic education and community development. The economic education function promotes financial literacy and education about the role of the Federal Reserve in the nation's economy. The community development group identifies and addresses a broad spectrum of challenges confronting low- and moderate-income communities, partnering with nonprofits, financial institutions, government agencies, and academic institutions. Zeuli has diverse experience in international and domestic community development issues. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve in 2009, she was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin and a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary. She has also served as a consultant to numerous businesses, and was a research director and business consultant at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Vassar College, Zeuli earned a master's and doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.