James “Jim” Bullard is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He oversees the activities of the Eighth Federal Reserve District, including operations in the St. Louis headquarters and its branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn. He also participates on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, which meets eight times each year to set the direction of U.S. monetary policy.
Bullard is a noted economist and scholar, and his positions are founded on research-based thinking and an intellectual openness to new theories and explanations. He is often an early voice for change. In addition, he makes public outreach and dialogue a priority to help build a more transparent and accessible Fed. He regularly engages with many audiences—including academics, policymakers, business and labor organizations, charities, students and media, among other public groups—to discuss monetary policy and the U.S. economy and to help further the regional Reserve banks’ role of being the voice of Main Street.
Bullard is active in the community. He is an honorary professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also sits on the advisory council of the economics department, as well as several advisory boards. In addition, he is a member of the Greater St. Louis Financial Forum, the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s board of directors, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Chancellor’s Council and the St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs advisory council. He is also chairman of the United Way’s U.S.A. Board of Trustees and a member of the United Way Worldwide board. In addition, he is a member of the Central Bank Research Association’s senior council.
A native of Forest Lake, Minn., Bullard received his doctorate in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and in quantitative methods and information systems from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.