For immediate release: Feb. 4, 2014
Michael Chriszt has been appointed vice president of the public affairs department, announced Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Fed. Chriszt assumes responsibility for the Bank's external relations, which include media relations, publications, websites, conferences, and outreach activities such as speeches, economic education, and corporate citizenship. He will also oversee the Bank's internal communications and Knowledge and Information Management.
Prior to joining the Bank's public affairs department in 2013, Chriszt served as a vice president in research, where he coordinated the work of the Bank's Regional Economic Information Network.
Chriszt joined the Bank in 1989 as a public information specialist in public affairs, then moved to research, where he achieved positions of increasing responsibility, including director of international and regional analysis and assistant vice president. In February 2012, Chriszt was promoted to vice president. A 2007 President's Award for Excellence recipient, he was a major contributor in creating the Bank's Americas Center.
Chriszt has two bachelor's degrees, one in history and one in diplomacy, as well as a master's degree in political science from Miami University in Ohio. He completed executive development programs at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.