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Press Release

Cleveland Fed’s Policy Summit 2019 in Cincinnati on June 19-21

“Connecting people and places to opportunity” is this year’s theme. Harvard Professor Raj Chetty, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, Cleveland Fed President & CEO Loretta J. Mester among featured speakers

More than three hundred policymakers, community and economic development practitioners, researchers, and funders will gather in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 19-21, 2019, for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s 14th Policy Summit, “Connecting People and Places to Opportunity.” This is the first time the Policy Summit is being held in Cincinnati. It will focus on pressing community and economic development issues nationally and locally.

Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the director of Opportunity Insights, will provide a luncheon keynote address on Thursday, June 20 on “Improving Equality of Opportunity: New Insights from Big Data.”

Lael Brainard, Federal Reserve Governor, and Loretta J. Mester, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will close the conference with a “Fed Listens” town hall discussion about the economy and the communities the Federal Reserve serves on Friday, June 21.

Also on the agenda are more than a dozen plenary and breakout sessions that will focus on topics such as:

  • Economic mobility of individuals
  • Affordable housing in the Heartland
  • Opportunity zones
  • Racial equity in practice
  • Transit access for workers
  • Intergenerational poverty

The Policy Summit provides a forum for discussions about issues of vital interest to our communities. It is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

Members of the news media may attend the summit free of charge, but must register in advance. (To register, journalists should select “Check” as the payment option and “Other” as the attendee type; you will not be billed.)

The Policy Summit will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. View the Policy Summit agenda and speaker bios.


Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.455.4479