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Karen L. Branding

Karen L. Branding
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

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Karen Branding is the St. Louis Fed’s senior vice president for Public Affairs, overseeing the Bank’s external and internal communications, industry and government relations, public outreach and economy museum.

Before joining the Bank in 2011, she was the associate dean of marketing and communications for Washington University’s Olin Business School. She was with Anheuser-Busch for 15 years, serving as chairman, president and CEO of its Busch Creative Services subsidiary; corporate vice president of Busch Entertainment Corporation; and director of corporate communications for the parent company. Her early career was in Washington, D.C., where she was a public policy analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Department of the Treasury.  She entered the federal government as a presidential management fellow.

Ms. Branding earned her bachelor’s in public administration from Drake University, master's in public affairs from Indiana University and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. Branding is active in the community, with current or past board service at Drake University, United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Unleashing Potential/Neighborhood Houses and others. She is the recipient of Washington University’s Emory Award for leadership and scholarship, YWCA’s Leader of Distinction Award, and Drake University’s Alumni Loyalty Award.