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Thomas I. Barkin

Tom Barkin

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Tom Barkin is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He has held this position since 2018.

Tom serves on the Fed’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee, and is also responsible for bank supervision and the Federal Reserve’s technology organization. He is “on the ground” continually in the Fed’s Fifth District, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland. His engagement in the region has brought real attention to areas facing economic challenges. 

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Tom was a senior partner and CFO at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, where he also oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States.

Tom earned his bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from Harvard University.

Explore Tom’s Visits #AroundOurDistrict

Tom is passionate about engaging firsthand with business, civic and community leaders in the regions served by the Richmond Fed, to gain insight into how they are faring. Click on the shaded areas of this interactive map to learn more about his travels, and follow the hashtag #AroundOurDistrict on social media for up-to-date news on his visits and on the Bank's work in our communities.

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Recent Essays & Speeches

April 12, 2023

President Tom Barkin shares how small towns in the Fifth District are putting their best foot forward to attract talent.

Investing in Rural America Conference
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, Virginia
March 30, 2023

President Tom Barkin discusses recent data and events and explores potential implications for monetary policy.

The Virginia Council of CEOs
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
March 3, 2023

President Tom Barkin discusses how he sees the economy, and the implications for inflation and for policy.

2023 SIEPR Annual Economic Summit
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Tom’s Perspective

May 30, 2023

Tom and NABE Vice President Ellen Zentner have a conversation about inflation, his thoughts ahead of the next FOMC meeting, hybrid work, and more.

March 8, 2023

Tom speaks with Gavin Jackson of SCETV to give an update on the economy and what to expect moving forward.

Nov. 4, 2022

Tom returns to “Squawk on the Street” to discuss the October jobs report and to share his views on current rate moves.

Aug. 30, 2022

President Tom Barkin joins Yahoo Finance to share his thoughts on recent labor market data and how he sees the Fed’s rate path moving forward.

Aug. 12, 2022

President Tom Barkin joins “Squawk on the Street” to share his thoughts on the current interest rate path and how he sees inflation coming down.

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