Laurel Graefe is vice president and regional executive at the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is responsible for the Branch's board of directors and the District's Organized Labor Advisory Council, oversees its economic and financial education programs, and advises on monetary policy. Her work gathering and synthesizing insight from Tennessee business executives and community leaders brings Main Street perspectives to monetary policy deliberations.
Graefe represents the Fed in regular speeches about current economic conditions, the economic outlook, and the functions and history of the U.S. central bank. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and MarketWatch, among others, and has been featured on National Public Radio. She is also coauthor of The Handbook of Oil Politics, published by Routledge. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as director of the Nashville Branch's Regional Economic Information Network and held a number of positions with the Atlanta office of the Federal Reserve, including as a director and economic policy analysis specialist overseeing inflation and energy market analysis for the Research Department. She joined the Bank in 2005 specializing in international economics and labor market analysis.
Graefe is deeply engaged in her community, serving on the boards of the Economics and Finance Department at Tennessee State University; Leadership Middle Tennessee; and Project Return, a Nashville-based nonprofit that helps to restore self-sufficiency for individuals following incarceration. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee and an alumna of Leadership Atlanta's LEAD program. She was named one of the region's top emerging leaders in 2015 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Graefe earned an MBA with honors from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management where she was selected as one of the business school's World Shapers, alumni highlighted for their work in business and their communities. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Agnes Scott College.August 2018