Diversity & Inclusion

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace and business practices. We believe it takes each of us to make diversity and inclusion happen, and the result is an environment where people feel respected, valued, engaged and appreciated. This environment is supported throughout our organization, and is reinforced through education, employee resource networks, mentoring and diversity recruiting.

Our People

As part of our nation’s central bank, the Richmond Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that work with the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors to strengthen the economy and our communities. We have a unique mission to serve the American public. And we look for people with diverse skills and experience — coupled with a commitment to excellence — to help us achieve our mission.

We believe a diverse and inclusive workplace is critical to our success, and are pleased to have been recognized for our commitment. In 2015, for example, the Richmond Fed received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. Read more in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index report.

At the Richmond Fed, we embrace diversity by recognizing, valuing and leveraging our differences for the good of our employees, customers, stakeholders and constituents. Those differences include, but are not limited to, race, color, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, physical/mental abilities, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, religion, cultural background, education, work experience, geographic locations, ideas and thought processes.


Employee Resource Networks  

Our employee resource networks (ERNs) recognize the value of our differences and bring together people with common interests and affinities — including ethnicity, generational differences, sexual orientation, disability, gender and professional interests — to provide diverse perspectives that impact our workplace and community.

Our Bank currently has eight ERNs. Membership is open to all employees.

  • Four Generations United (4-Unite) 
  • Ability Beyond the Label (ABLe)
  • First to Serve (veterans and first responders)
  • Generating the Recognition of Women (GROW) 
  • Leading in Project Management (LiPM) 
  • Pride, Respect, Inclusion, Support, Mutual — gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and allies (PRISM)  
  • Supporting the Advancement of Asian American Recognition and Talent (STAAART) 
  • Valuing the Inclusion of Talented African Americans and Latinos (VITAL)

Our ERNs benefit employees and our Bank by:

  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Increasing employee engagement through networking and exposure opportunities 
  • Enhancing our community outreach and civic engagement efforts
  • Increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Attracting diverse talent
  • Supporting the Bank’s diversity and inclusion efforts and other strategic initiatives

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In 2015, the Richmond Fed received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Read more in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index report.