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Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities Conference
Keynote Speaker Biographies

Ben S. Bernanke began a second term as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 1, 2010. He also serves as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. Before being appointed chairman in 2006, Bernanke was chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Previously, he held several roles in the Federal Reserve System: as a member of the Board of Governors; a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York; and a member of the New York Fed's academic advisory panel. Bernanke's academic career included teaching positions at Princeton University, Stanford University, New York University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as the director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research and was a member of its business-cycle dating committee. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dennis P. Lockhart is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role he is responsible for all of the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He also chairs the Bank's management committee. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed in March 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, teaching in the master's program and chairing the program's concentrations in international business-government relations and global commerce and finance. He was also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to his academic career, Lockhart was managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management LP. He also worked at Heller Financial, where he served as executive vice president and director of the parent company and as president of Heller International Group. Previously, Lockhart held various positions, both domestic and international, with Citicorp/Citibank. In addition to his professional activities, Lockhart was a member of the boards of directors of several companies and was chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a not-for-profit operator of emerging markets venture capital funds. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Stanford University and a master's degree in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Sudhir Venkatesh is the William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology and a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. His most recent book is Gang Leader for a Day (2008). Previous works include Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor (2006) and American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto (2000). Venkatesh is completing an ethnographic study of policing in the Department of Justice, where he served as a senior research adviser from 2010–11. His first documentary film, Dislocation, followed families as they relocated from condemned public housing developments and aired on PBS in 2005. He also recently completed At the Top of My Voice, a documentary on a scholar and artist who returned to the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia to promote democracy and safeguard human rights. Venkatesh received his PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago and was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, from 1996–99. He holds a visiting appointment in Columbia University's Law School and is a voting member of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.