Community Development



November 10, 2009

Fed Employee Honored for Contributions in Baltimore

Baltimore, Md.

Ellen Janes, regional manager for community development in Baltimore for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, has been named the winner of the 2009 Frances Morton Froelicher Civic Statesman Award, given by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

The award, presented Nov. 10, recognizes an individual who exemplifies the spirit and leadership of Froelicher, the first executive director of the CPHA, and who demonstrates "outstanding commitment" toward and achievement in making life better for the people of Baltimore.

"This is a well deserved award," said Kim Zeuli, Community Affairs officer of the Richmond Fed. "Ellen has devoted her career to improving the quality of life for all in Baltimore."

Janes joined the Richmond Fed in 2008. She works with community leaders, banks, and bank examiners to exchange information about innovations and best practices that support providing financial services to low- and moderate income people and places. Her work also involves encouraging cooperation among community development stakeholders to develop strategies for identifying community economic development opportunities.

Prior to joining the Fed, Janes was state director for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and previously had been an assistant secretary in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. She also was executive director of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore.

The CPHA has served the Baltimore region since 1941, focusing on the area's most pressing issues. The organization has sought to provide critical leadership training and information to neighborhood leaders in their efforts to improve the quality of life in their communities.

The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. As part of the nation's central bank, we're one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that work together with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to strengthen the economy and our communities. We manage the nation's money supply to keep inflation low and help the economy grow. We also supervise and regulate financial institutions to help safeguard our nation's financial system and protect the integrity and efficiency of our payments system.


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