Kocherlakota became the 12th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Oct. 8, 2009. This month, Kocherlakota becomes a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a 12-person committee that makes key decisions about monetary policy in the United States, including interest rates and money supply, with the goal of promoting "maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates." The FOMC meets approximately eight times a year.


2005-2010: Professor, University of Minnesota

1999-2009: Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2002-2005: Professor, Stanford University

2001-2002: Carlson professor of economics, University of Minnesota

1998-2002: Professor, University of Minnesota

1996-1998: Research economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis


Ph.D. (economics), University of Chicago, 1987; A.B. (mathematics), Princeton University, 1983


47 years old; born in Baltimore; graduated from high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at age 15


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