New England Perspectives on Fed Policymaking: New England Perspectives on Fed Policymaking:

A "Fed Listens" Conference A "Fed Listens" Conference

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May 13, 2019
8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue
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This year, the Federal Reserve is asking a wide range of stakeholders to provide feedback on our approach to policymaking. We’re asking for perspectives on our performance in attaining the goals Congress has assigned us – and the impact we have on the interest rates, job markets, and prices that Americans experience every day.

In this spirit, on Monday, May 13, the Boston Federal Reserve Bank will host a half-day conference featuring three panels that represent a cross-section of views. Panelists will offer perspectives from organizations that focus on the underserved, views from an array of demographic groups, and impressions from small business and labor. And we will engage the audience to gather feedback on the Fed’s policymaking approach and its impact on residents of New England.

The event will be an opportunity to engage with Fed leaders, including Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida and Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren, among other officials. You don’t need to be an economic policy expert to make a valuable contribution to the discussion. Indeed, we are seeking real-world views on the impact of Fed policies. Following each panel discussion, audience-wide comments and discussion will be welcomed. We hope you will join us.

This event will be open to media and streamed on the web.

Agenda

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Coffee and continental breakfast

9:05 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome

Eric S. Rosengren

President and Chief Executive Officer,

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

9:10 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Richard Clarida

Vice Chairman

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Overview of the monetary policy framework

Jeffrey Fuhrer

Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Perspectives from organizations and programs that focus on the underserved

Panelists:

Aaron Gornstein

President and CEO

Preservation of Affordable Housing (Boston)

Karleen Porcena

Economic Opportunity Program Officer

LISC (Boston)

Rachel Flum

Executive Director

Economic Progress Institute (Rhode Island)

Elyse Cherry

CEO

BlueHub Capital

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Break

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Panel 2: Perspectives from New England smaller businesses, entrepreneurs, and labor

Panelists:

Michael Tamasi

President and CEO

AccuRounds

Joanne Chang

Owner

Flour Bakery and Myers+Chang

Mark Erlich

Wertheim Fellow

Harvard Law School

Peter Forman

President and CEO

South Shore Chamber of Commerce

11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Lunch

11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Panel 3: Perspectives from select demographic groups

Panelists:

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

CEO

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (Boston)

Kesha Ram

Former State Representative

Vermont, 2008-16

Tia Murphy

Connecticut State President

AARP

Moderator:

Prabal Chakrabarti

Senior Vice President

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

12:55 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Richard Clarida

Vice Chairman

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Eric S. Rosengren

President and Chief Executive Officer

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston