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Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard to deliver Johns Hopkins SAIS Commencement Address on May 25

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Governor Lael Brainard, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will deliver the keynote address during the 2022 commencement ceremony for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Wednesday, May 25.

As one of the nation’s foremost macroeconomists, Dr. Brainard has led a distinguished career in academia and service to the United States, working at the highest levels of government. On November 22, 2021, Dr. Brainard was nominated by President Biden to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Dr. Brainard took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on June 16, 2014, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2026.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Dr. Brainard served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2010 to 2013 and counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009. During this time, she was the U.S. representative to the G-20 Finance Deputies and G-7 Deputies and was a member of the Financial Stability Board. She received the Alexander Hamilton Award for her service.

From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Brainard was vice president and the founding director of the Global Economy and Development Program and held the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair at the Brookings Institution, where she built a new research program to address global economic challenges.

Dr. Brainard served as the deputy national economic adviser and deputy assistant to President Clinton. She also served as President Clinton's personal representative to the G-7/G-8.

From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Brainard was assistant and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. She has published numerous articles on a variety of economic topics and is the editor or coeditor of several books.

Previously, Dr. Brainard worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.

She received a BA with university honors from Wesleyan University in 1983. She received an MS and a PhD in economics in 1989 from Harvard University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a White House Fellowship.

Dr. Brainard will deliver an address to approximately 2,000 graduates, faculty, staff, family, and friends in the Johns Hopkins SAIS community. The school will confer degrees to more than 500 students in the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in International Relations, Master of International Public Policy, Master of International Economics and Finance, Master of Arts in Global Policy, Master of Arts in Strategy, Cybersecurity, and Intelligence, Master of Arts in Global Risk, Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy, and Doctorate programs.

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