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Donald Kohn    

Vice Chairman, The Federal Reserve System (2006 - 2010)

Dr. Donald Kohn served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System (2006 - 2010). He advised Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke throughout the 2008-2009 financial crisis and also served as a key adviser to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan. He currently is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as an external member of the Financial Policy Committee at the Bank of England.

Kohn is a 40-year veteran of the Federal Reserve, prior to serving on the Board he was an adviser to the Board for Monetary Policy (2001-02), secretary of the Federal Open Market Committee (1987-2002), director of the Division of Monetary Affairs (1987-2001) and deputy staff director for Monetary and Financial Policy (1983-87). He also held several positions in the Board's Division of Research and Statistics: associate director (1981-83), chief of Capital Markets (1978-81) and economist (1975-78). Kohn began his career as a financial economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1970-75).

He also served as chairman of the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS), a central bank panel that monitors and examines broad issues related to financial markets and systems.

Kohn has written extensively on issues related to monetary policy and its implementation by the Federal Reserve, financial stability, and the economy.

He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Money Marketeers of New York University (2002), the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Wooster (1998) and the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from the College of Wooster (2006).

Kohn was born in November, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in economics in 1964 from the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in economics in 1971 from the University of Michigan. He is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Speech Topics

A Conversation with Donald Kohn

With candor, foresight and an unrivaled reputation for integrity earned from his four decades at the Fed, Donald Kohn engages in a lively discussion based on the economic issues of the day. Whether discussing regulation, monetary policy, central banking or explaining what the events of the last decade mean for our economic future, Kohn thoughtfully answers audience questions and customizes his presentation to the issues that matter most to your organization.

The Economy: Where We Stand and What Is Ahead

The recovery from the deep global recession has proven disappointingly sluggish, especially in the United States and in many other industrialized economies. The necessity for balance sheet repair across the world, the beginnings of the correction of fiscal imbalances, and slowdowns in global growth have interacted with heightened uncertainty about fiscal and regulatory plans in the U.S. to hold back spending and hiring and the result has been a slow slog from a deep hole. An esteemed economic leader who has worked side by side with Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, Donald Kohn brings his experience in monetary policy to explaining the actions of the Federal Reserve and he offers clear insight on the necessary deployment of monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies in correcting the economic excesses of the past and building a more prosperous future.


Kohn Is Policy Pragmatist Who Helped Bernanke Navigate Crisis ...

Donald Kohn, named today as a potential nominee for the Federal Reserve chairmanship, is a policy pragmatist who helped Chairman Ben S. Bernanke ...

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