Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program
Janet L. Yellen is a distinguished fellow in residence with the Economic Studies program at The Brookings Institution and is the former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Prior to her appointment as chair, Dr. Yellen served as vice chair of the Board of Governors, taking office in October 2010. Dr. Yellen is professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and professor of economics, and has been a faculty member since 1980. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1994 to 1997, and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She also served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. Dr. Yellen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Yellen graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967, and received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1971.