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Zaheer and Melander named chair and deputy chair of Minneapolis Fed board

Zaheer reappointed to second term

Minneapolis, January 4, 2021

Zaheer and Melander named chair and deputy chair of Minneapolis Fed board

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has designated Sri Zaheer and Harry Melander as board chair and deputy chair, respectively. Zaheer was also appointed to a second 3-year term as a Class C director. All designations and appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Sri Zaheer

Sri Zaheer, dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, is re-designated chair of the board of directors for 2021. Zaheer has been a board member since 2017, first as a Class B director and more recently as a Class C director. Zaheer served as chair of the board in 2020.

"I feel honored to continue in this important role in service of the Ninth District,” said Zaheer. “I look forward to a sustained focus on public trust and public outreach in collaboration with President Neel Kashkari and the Minneapolis Fed senior leadership team.”

Harry Melander

Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council in St. Paul, is re-designated as deputy chair for 2021. Melander joined the board in 2016 as a Class C director and has served as deputy chair since 2018.

Background about the Minneapolis Fed board of directors

Minneapolis Fed directors are selected to represent a cross section of the Ninth District economy, including consumers, industry, agriculture, the service sector, labor, and commercial banks of various sizes. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis board has nine members, with three Class A directors representing the member banks; Class B and C directors are selected to represent the public with “due but not exclusive consideration to the interests of agriculture, commerce, industry, services, labor, and consumers,” according to the Federal Reserve Act. The Class A and B directors are elected by member banks, and the Class C directors are appointed by the Board of Governors, which also designates the board's chair and deputy chair from among its three appointees.

The responsibilities of directors are broad, ranging from overseeing the general operations of the Minneapolis Fed to reporting on district economic conditions. This information helps prepare the Minneapolis Fed president for participation in Federal Open Market Committee meetings, where decisions are made about monetary policy.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.