Dennis P. Lockhart became the fourteenth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on March 1, 2007. He retired on February 28, 2017.
Lockhart was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1968. In 1971, he earned a master’s degree in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1994. He served as an officer in the US Marine Corps Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
Lockhart started his career with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). From 1971 to 1978, he held various international positions in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran. From 1978 to 1986, he was senior corporate officer of the Southeast office of Citibank in Atlanta. From 1987 to 1988, Lockhart was head of the firm's Latin American debt-to-equity swap investment program, designed to restructure sovereign debt.
From 1988 to 2001, Lockhart worked at Heller Financial, where he served as president of Heller International Group, which had activities in commercial banking, finance and merchant banking in North and South America, Europe and Asia. From 2001 to 2003, he was managing partner at Zephyr Management LP, a private equity firm based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America. From 2003 to 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, teaching in the master's program. In this role, he was chairman of the program's concentrations in international business-government relations and global commerce and finance. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Before joining the Atlanta Fed, Lockhart served as a member of the boards of directors of several companies, including CapitalSource Inc., Tri-Valley Corp., and Greenfield Holdings Credit Ltd. He was also chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds. He served on the Advisory Committee of the US Export-Import Bank and chaired the committee in 2000.
Currently, Lockhart serves on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph's Health System. He is a trustee of Agnes Scott College and the Atlanta International School. He also chairs the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance.
During Lockhart’s tenure, the Federal Reserve faced some of the most traumatic economic events since the Great Depression of the 1930s, including the financial crisis and Great Recession. Lockhart has given many speeches on the financial crisis, monetary policy, and the economy.
Under Lockhart’s stewardship, the Atlanta Fed has won several awards. It was voted one of America’s Top Workplaces by Workplace Dynamics in 2013. In 2012 the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranked the Atlanta Fed number nine in the large-company category as one of the top workplaces in Atlanta.
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