Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships Are Advancing Economic Mobility - Speaker Biographies - June 3, 2021

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Speaker Biographies

Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. Previously, Bostic served as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2012, and then served as the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Patrick T. Harker took office as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on July 1, 2015. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation's monetary policy. Previously, Harker served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering.

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose op-ed columns appear twice a week. After joining the Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for commentary for columns that focused attention on genocide in Darfur.

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world. Moynihan serves on the World Economic Forum International Business Council (chair), the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute, the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House (chair), the Vatican Council for Inclusive Capitalism, and as co-chair of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Tracy Palandjian is CEO and cofounder of Social Finance, an impact investing and advisory nonprofit that builds innovative partnerships and investments to measurably improve lives. For more than a decade, she has led the development of innovative financing tools such as the Social Impact Bond and the Career Impact Bond. Prior to Social Finance, Palandjian worked at McKinsey & Company, Wellington Management Company, and The Parthenon Group.

Gina M. Raimondo is the 40th U.S. secretary of commerce. Raimondo most recently served as governor of Rhode Island, from 2015 to 2021. The state's first woman governor, she brought unemployment down to its lowest rate since 1989, helped spur a record number of new businesses, and made top investments in infrastructure, education, and job training. Focused on creating economic opportunities and well-paying jobs, she also launched an innovative workforce development program that develops business-led partnerships address unique workforce challenges.

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $14 billion international social justice philanthropic organization. He is a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reimagining New York Commission and cochair of NYC Census 2020. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the City of Detroit's historic bankruptcy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first nonprofit in U.S. history to issue a $1 billion designated social bond in U.S. capital markets for proceeds to strengthen and stabilize nonprofit organizations in the wake of COVID-19.