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Rob Grunewald Economist, Community Development and Engagement (former)

Rob Grunewald served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1993 through early 2022, first as an analyst and later as an economist. During his tenure, he conducted research on community development and regional economic issues. Grunewald co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” in 2003 and wrote several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He also spoke and presented frequently to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.

Grunewald has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.