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Feb. 22, 2019

Richmond Fed Announces Research Officer Appointments

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond announces the following appointments in its Research department:

Andy Bauer has been named a vice president and the Baltimore regional executive, with responsibility for outreach to communities, financial institutions and business leaders in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Bauer had been a senior regional economist and deputy regional executive in Baltimore. He joined the Richmond Fed in 2006, after working as a senior economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Bauer holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University, and a doctorate in economics from Emory University.

Renee Haltom has been appointed a vice president and the Richmond regional executive, with responsibility for public outreach and engagement in Virginia, as well as for the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

Haltom joined the Richmond Fed in 2009 and has most recently been editorial content manager for publications in the Research department. She worked previously in the Research and Public Information departments of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Haltom has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University and a master’s in economics from the University of San Francisco.

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell has been named a vice president with responsibility for regional and community development research.

Waddell joined the Richmond Fed in 2008 as an economics writer and associate regional economist. She became director of regional economics in 2017, managing a group that provides qualitative and quantitative regional economic information.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Waddell was an economist in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and at ICF International in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Williams College and a master’s in applied economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Zhu Wang has been promoted to vice president and leads a group of economists responsible for conducting original research suitable for top-level professional journals and for briefing senior management on relevant policy issues.

Wang joined the Richmond Fed in 2011 as a senior economist, after holding a similar position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Peking University, a master’s of arts in economics from Rutgers University, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.


As part of our nation’s central bank, the Richmond Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks working together with the Board of Governors to support a healthy economy and deliver on our mission to foster economic stability and strength. We connect with community and business leaders across the Fifth Federal Reserve District—including the Carolinas, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and most of West Virginia—to monitor economic conditions, address issues facing our communities, and share this information with monetary and financial policymakers. We also work with banks to ensure they are operating safely and soundly, supply financial institutions with currency that’s fit for distribution, and provide a safe and efficient way to transfer funds through our nation’s payments system.

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