James Bullard, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. April 1, 2018, marked his 10th anniversary in this role.
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Research and Conferences
One of Bullard’s goals since becoming St. Louis Fed president has been to strengthen the connection between academic research and monetary policy. He regularly attends conferences and engages with global thought leaders—both academics and policymakers.
A policy panel during a conference hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, May 2017. The panel included Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren (far left), Bullard (second from left) and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans (second from right), and it was moderated by John Cochrane of the Hoover Institution (far right). (Watch video of the panel.)
Bullard and Kristin Forbes, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a former external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, May 2018. Forbes was the speaker at the St. Louis Fed’s annual Homer Jones Memorial Lecture honoring leadership in economics and policy. (Watch videos of the lecture and audience Q&A.)
Bullard and Byung-Hwa Kim, deputy governor, Bank of Korea, May 2008. Bullard participated in a roundtable discussion at the Bank of Korea’s conference “Recognizing and Coping with Macroeconomic Model Uncertainty in Designing Monetary Policy.”
Bullard and Chris Waller, executive vice president and director of research at the St. Louis Fed. They have frequent discussions about monetary policy and macroeconomic issues.
Bullard and Axel Weber, then president of the Deutsche Bundesbank and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, April 2011. Weber was at the St. Louis Fed to deliver its annual Homer Jones Memorial Lecture honoring leadership in economics and policy. (Watch a video of the lecture.)
Bullard makes Fed transparency and dialogue a priority on the international and national stage as well as on Main Street. These outreach efforts include media interviews and regular “zone tours,” which are visits to regions throughout the Eighth District that help him connect directly to the constituents residing in the district that the St. Louis Fed serves.
Presentation to the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, Mo., May 2018. Bullard spoke about “U.S. Monetary Policy: A Case for Caution.” (View the presentation and additional photos from his two-day visit to Springfield.)
Tour of the Ford assembly plant in Louisville, Ky., November 2017. Bullard (right) is shown with Sadiqa Reynolds, a member of the board of the St. Louis Fed’s Louisville Branch (left); and John Bell, an employee at the plant (middle). (See additional photos from this zone tour.)
Visit to The Venture Center, a business accelerator in Little Rock, Ark., January 2019. Shown from left to right are Ola Okeshola of fintech startup Gerald; Wayne Miller, the center’s executive director; Bullard; and Robert Hopkins, senior vice president and regional executive of the St. Louis Fed’s Little Rock Branch. (See additional photos from this zone tour.)
Meeting at Wilson Cafe in Wilson, a small Delta town in Arkansas undergoing a revival, March 2017. Shown in the photo are Bullard (center); Douglas Scarboro, senior vice president and regional executive at the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis Branch (second from right); and civic leaders from eastern Arkansas. (See the full list of names and additional photos from this zone tour.)
Visit to Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, Ky., May 2015. Pictured from left to right are Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods, a soy sauce microbrewery; David Heintzman and Alice Houston, then board members of the St. Louis Fed’s Louisville Branch (Houston is currently on the St. Louis Fed’s board of directors); Bullard; and Nikki Jackson, senior vice president and regional executive of the Louisville Branch.
Visit to the headquarters of Dot Foods Inc. in Mount Sterling, Ill., September 2017. Bullard and others from the St. Louis Fed toured the warehouse of the nation’s largest food redistributor. (See additional photos from this zone tour.)
Interview with Bloomberg at the St. Louis Fed. Bullard regularly conducts media interviews to share his monetary policy views and to increase the Fed’s transparency with the public.
In his role as CEO of the St. Louis Fed, Bullard reports to the Bank’s board of directors and is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Bank, achieving short- and long-term objectives, and running efficient operations. In addition to the activities at the St. Louis headquarters, Bullard oversees the Bank’s branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.
Bullard and David Sapenaro, first vice president and chief operating officer at the St. Louis Fed, February 2018. They addressed employees at a town hall meeting, which takes place each year as part of the St. Louis Fed’s ongoing commitment to employee communications.
Bullard with employees at the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis Branch, October 2018. He met in small groups with all business areas across the Bank and its branches to reflect on the Bank’s successes and opportunities ahead as well as to provide employees with a chance to ask questions.