Vice Chairman, The Federal Reserve System (2006-2010)
A 40-year veteran of the Fed, Donald Kohn helped coordinate the central bank's response to the financial crisis in 2008. His knowledge, experience and wisdom weigh in on the future of the U.S. and global economies.
With candor, foresight and an unrivaled reputation for integrity earned from his four decades at the Fed, Donald Kohn engages in a lively discussion based on the economic issues of the day. Whether discussing regulation, monetary policy, central banking or explaining what the events of the last decade mean for our economic future, Kohn thoughtfully answers audience questions and customizes his presentation to the issues that matter most to your organization.
The recovery from the deep global recession has proven disappointingly sluggish, especially in the United States and in many other industrialized economies. The necessity for balance sheet repair across the world, the beginnings of the correction of fiscal imbalances, and slowdowns in global growth have interacted with heightened uncertainty about fiscal and regulatory plans in the U.S. to hold back spending and hiring and the result has been a slow slog from a deep hole. An esteemed economic leader who has worked side by side with Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, Donald Kohn brings his experience in monetary policy to explaining the actions of the Federal Reserve and he offers clear insight on the necessary deployment of monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies in correcting the economic excesses of the past and building a more prosperous future.
A 40-year veteran of the Fed, Donald Kohn helped coordinate the central bank’s response to the financial crisis in 2008. His knowledge, experience and wisdom weigh in on the future of the U.S. and global economies.
In his four decades at the Federal Reserve, Donald Kohn served as one of the world’s top economists and financial authorities. Kohn joined the Board in August 2002 and became Vice Chairman in June 2006. Before becoming a member of the Board, he served as Advisor to the Board for Monetary Policy (2001–2002), Secretary of the Federal Open Market Committee (1987–2002), Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs (1987–2001), Deputy Staff Director for Monetary and Financial Policy (1983–1987) and held several positions in the Board’s Division of Research and Statistics. “The Federal Reserve and the country owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Don Kohn for his invaluable contributions over 40 years of public service,” said Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, crediting him with leading the stress tests of major financial institutions; directing the Board’s efforts to improve transparency; and helping central banks around the world to most effectively respond to the global economic crisis. Engaging, lively and humorous, Kohn shares with audiences his remarkable breadth of knowledge on topics such as: the economic outlook in the United States and around the world, the state of the financial system and the choices facing policymakers as they grapple with the difficult challenges facing the global economy.