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Libby Starling joins Minneapolis Fed as Community Development Manager

We welcome Libby Starling, who joined the Minneapolis Fed on July 22 as the new Community Development Manager. Libby comes to us from the Metropolitan Council, where she served as Deputy Director of the Community Development Division and Director of Regional Planning. Her deep community development knowledge, skills, and experience will be tremendous assets to our team.

Minorities in Banking forum banner, 2019

Register now for Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Minorities in Banking

September 26–27, St. Louis

This forum is designed to provide senior-level or high-potential middle-management minority bank leaders with industry, leadership, and professional development knowledge that will enhance their careers and networks.

Event topics will include:

  • Leadership discussion
  • Economic update
  • Community banking regulations
  • Diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Panel discussion with top leaders in America

And much more! Sponsored by the Federal Reserve System.

Alene Tchourumoff named Senior Vice President of Community Development and Engagement

Alene Tchourumoff, who most recently served as chair of the Metropolitan Council, joined the Minneapolis Fed on December 1 as the new senior vice president over our function. Tchourumoff also oversees the Center for Indian Country Development and leads the Bank’s strategies for engaging communities throughout the Ninth District. Read more about Alene here.

Download the Investing in America’s Workforce book

Available now: Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, a three-volume book on workforce development that features research and insights from more than 100 authors. Check out the chapter by our own Rob Grunewald, titled “Early Childhood Investments: Paving the Way from the Future Workforce.” Rob’s contribution discusses how investing in high-quality early education supports “downstream” workforce development initiatives and boosts labor productivity. Download the book at

The book is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.