Nikki R. Lanier
Senior Vice President, Louisville Branch
Nikki Lanier is senior vice president and regional executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Louisville Branch is focused on community development and education, as well as regional economic research and policy input. The branch covers western Kentucky, metro Louisville and southern Indiana.
Ms. Lanier's experience includes serving as personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA, vice chancellor of human resources for Maricopa Community Colleges, and other positions in both the health care and legal fields. In her positions, her roles focused on strategic planning, community partnerships, succession planning, recruitment and retention, and labor negotiations. Ms. Lanier earned a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hampton University in Virginia.
She is deeply involved in the Louisville community and serves on the boards of numerous organizations including Greater Louisville Inc., the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, the Board of Advisors of University of Louisville’s College of Business and Family Scholar House and the Robert S. Miller Family Foundation for Equity and Justice Inc. Ms. Lanier is the chair of the board of the nonprofit OneWest, as well as serving as chair of the Kentucky Kerner Commission 2.0. She also serves on the LEAD360 business development team and the UNCF Louisville Leadership Council and is a member of the Kentucky International Women’s Forum and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
In 2021, Ms. Lanier was named by Louisville Business First as one of the region’s Power 50. In addition, she was inducted into the publication’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame and has appeared on their Women of Influence and Notable Financial Executives lists. Ms. Lanier has also been honored with the Presentation Academy’s Tower Award, the Robert C. Burks Distinguished Business and Leadership Award and has been recognized as one of the 10 Most Influential Women of Louisville.