Laurel Graefe is vice president and regional executive at the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. As the senior officer leading the Federal Reserve in Nashville, she is responsible for the branch's board of directors and economic research activities, 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, Graefe 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 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, including serving on the boards of the Economics and Finance Department at Tennessee State University, TennGreen Land Conservancy, and Leadership Middle Tennessee. She is also an active Rotarian with the Nashville Downtown Rotary and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee. She 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.January 2020