ST. LOUIS ― The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has named Matuschka Lindo Briggs as vice president and regional executive for the Little Rock Branch, which serves the majority of Arkansas.
Briggs succeeds Robert Hopkins, who retired in mid-June after 38 years at the St. Louis Fed. As regional executive, Briggs represents the St. Louis Fed with business leaders, bankers, local government officials and other stakeholders. She also supports the Little Rock Branch’s board of directors.
Briggs joined the St. Louis Fed in the Treasury division in 2015. Since April 2020, she has been director of the community development department’s special projects and strategic support.
“Matuschka is an excellent fit for the St. Louis Fed’s regional executive role in Little Rock, given her longstanding connections to Arkansas and experience in several outward-facing roles at the St. Louis Fed,” said St. Louis Fed First Vice President Kathy Paese. “Matuschka’s understanding of community development issues and priorities as well as her strong communications background will serve the communities and businesses well across Arkansas.”
Briggs’ family members are descended from Conway and Faulkner counties in Arkansas.
“I am excited to tighten my bonds around the state with family and longtime friends,” she said. “My goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities in Arkansas by engaging leaders who represent the diversity of the region. I look forward to getting involved in the community, developing great relationships and building upon Robert’s work in expanding the transparency of the Federal Reserve System.”
Before joining the St. Louis Fed, Briggs spent 23 years as a broadcast news reporter and host for various outlets, including ESPN and NBC affiliate television stations in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa. She also was the press secretary for a Missouri gubernatorial campaign.
Briggs earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., and her master’s in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on several nonprofit boards and is a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.