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Spelman College Celebrates Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Nominee Lisa D. Cook, Ph.D., C'86 Share a Spelman College Press Release


Jazmyn Burton 
Spelman College


ATLANTA (Jan. 14, 2022) Spelman College celebrates Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System nominee Lisa D. Cook, Ph.D., C'86.

If her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Cook will be the first Black woman to serve on the Federal Reserve Board.
“This achievement comes at a particularly auspicious time for Spelman," said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman College. "For the past several years, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Dr. Cook has worked in partnership with the economics department, chaired by Marionette Holmes, Ph.D., to increase the number of Black women, who earn Ph.Ds. in economics. Dr. Cook is a stellar role model for our aspiring economists."

From serving on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, to serving on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, and the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Dr. Cook has amassed a broad range of experiences in academia, across the financial sector, and in economic policymaking.

Dr. Cook has held senior positions across the federal government, first at the US Department of Treasury and then at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and philosophy (magna cum laude) from Spelman, where she received the highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Charles E. Merrill Study Abroad Scholarship. She proceeded to St. Hilda's College, Oxford as Spelman's first Marshall Scholar where she earned another B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1988

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 24 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 15th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and collaborations have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones.

For more information, visit Spelman College.


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