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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Announces New Appointments to Education Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland announces three new members to its Education Advisory Council, with terms beginning July 2021 and running through December 2023.

Education Advisory Council members participate in discussions with leadership of the Education and Museum Outreach team to help guide future strategies and help inform the department’s effectiveness. Council members make recommendations, provide feedback and perspectives on the museum’s areas of focus such as community engagement, marketing, outreach, programming, curriculum, and technology. Among other criteria, members are selected for the value they place on the role of education, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.

The new members are:

Dr. Sandy D. Womack Jr. is a veteran public-school educator and has served four of Ohio’s Big 8 school districts. He is currently an area superintendent for Columbus Public Schools. Prior to his current role, Womack held positions in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, where he served as director of curriculum and instruction, director of principal leadership, and leader of the district’s Equity Task Force.

Womack also served as the principal of the Altitude Academy at Crenshaw in the Canton City Schools and held several positions within the Canton school system, including principal of Hartford Middle School. He also was a teacher in Canton, Akron, Alliance, Columbus, and the Cleveland Public Schools.

Womack holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union, where he was also a nationally-ranked NCAA All-American wrestler, a master’s degree from The University of Akron, and a doctorate degree from Ashland University.

Tom Burton is the superintendent of Princeton City Schools, located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been in school administration since 1995 and has been with the Princeton school district since 2015. He is the author of Mark of Leadership: Strategies for Leading with Purpose, Plans, and Passion. Additionally, Burton has written articles for Ohio and national publications and was a columnist for Middle Ground Magazine, a magazine for middle-level education.

Prior to joining Princeton, he spent 14 years in the Cuyahoga Heights Schools, and began his career as a principal in the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools.

Burton holds a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Lake Erie College.

Matt Frey is the executive director of the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission. He has five years of experience researching financial literacy and financial education. His research began at Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education. Frey also conducted research at the George Washington University Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree from The George Washington University.

More information on the advisory council and its current members, can be found at Education Advisory Council (

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