Brett Barkley is a senior research analyst in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Mr. Barkley joined the bank in 2014 as a graduate intern and assumed his current position in January 2015. In this role, he provides data analysis and conducts policy research, focusing primarily on affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization, and equitable development.
Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Barkley received a graduate fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study the economic and environmental impacts of refugee settlement in host communities, for which he conducted research in Jordan and Turkey. During his studies, he also worked for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the World Resources Institute. Previously, he served with a non-profit in Kenya assisting with their microfinance operations and teaching workshops in microenterprise.
Mr. Barkley holds a master’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in applied economics both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management.