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Janet Yellen

Current Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Reserve

Janet Yellen holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Yale University, after having graduated summa cum laude from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1967. Her stint at the Fed started in 1977 when she worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Later on, Yellen served as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers of President Bill Clinton then was appointed as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1994. Aside from having taught at Harvard University and the London School of Economics, she is a Professor Emerita at the University of California and is a fellow at the Yale Corporation.

In 2004, Yellen was appointed as the President of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco and became a voting member of the FOMC in 2009. Throughout her term, she has expressed her concern about rising house prices and inflation in general. She was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve in 2010 then was eventually sworn in as Fed Chairman in February 2014, making her the first woman to hold the position.

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