For immediate release: July 29, 2022

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announces new roles for four leaders in the Sixth Federal Reserve District.

Michael Chriszt has been named vice president of Regional Engagement, a new position for the Bank. Chriszt has held the position of vice president of Public Affairs since 2008. In his new role, he will strengthen relationships throughout our District with a primary focus on small towns and rural areas. Chriszt joined the Atlanta Fed in 1989 as a public information specialist in Public Affairs. He moved to Research in 1990 and held a variety of roles over 23 years. He was named vice president in 2010 with responsibilities over the Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) and the Center for Real Estate Analytics. He returned to Public Affairs in 2013 as department leader and was named public affairs officer in 2014.

Marc Fordham was promoted from assistant vice president to vice president of External Relations. He will continue to supervise the Executive Outreach, Government Relations, Media Relations, and Public Outreach and Education teams. He'll also manage the Bank's Corporate Relations function that aligns the area with the Bank's external outreach and engagement teams. Fordham started his Atlanta Fed career in 2013 as a senior public outreach strategist, leading the Bank's outreach to the United States Congress and elected officials across the Sixth District. In his most recent position since 2019, he led the development and execution of the Bank's external relations program.

Misty Skedgell was assistant vice president of Corporate Communications prior to her promotion to vice president of Corporate Communications. She will continue to lead the Creative Services, Content Development, Internal Communications, Knowledge and Information Management, and Archives teams. In her new role, she will also assume overall responsibility of the strategic engagement area of Public Affairs, which includes the Enterprise Digital Strategy and Corporate Brand Management and Marketing teams. Since joining the Bank in 2019, Skedgell successfully served in her most recent position and in integral roles on several high-priority Bank workgroups and initiatives.

Patrick Dierberger has been promoted to vice president of Financial Management and Planning (FM&P) from his previous position as assistant vice president of FM&P. He also will continue to lead Procurement Services, which includes the Procurement and Purchasing and Supplier Diversity teams. He joined the Atlanta Fed in 1998 as a supervisor in Check Operations. He served in several positions before transferring to FM&P in 2003 as a senior analyst. Since then, he has held various leadership roles with responsibilities over the District's Expense Accounting, Financial Accounting, and Budget and Cost Accounting functions.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks, and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the US government.