Barbara Bennett

Vice President, Senior Policy, Strategy Officer Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco USA
Barbara Bennett is Vice President of Policy, Finance and Strategy for the Federal Reserve System Cash Product Office, which is located in the San Francisco Federal Reserve District. In this capacity, she is responsible for policy and strategy formulation, including the development and implementation of the Federal Reserve Banks’ currency quality policy and the currency recirculation policy, as well as ongoing monitoring of trends in cash and non-cash payments. In addition, she has responsibility for financial monitoring and administration of the Federal Reserve System’s Cash Services business. She also leads development of new cash-related products, most notably, transaction- and information-based services over the web and other electronic delivery channels. Since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 1979, Ms. Bennett has held many positions of responsibility, including as Director of Corporate Strategy and Communications. In this role she and her staff evaluated issues of strategic significance to the Bank, and facilitated the formation and communication of the Bank’s goals and strategies. Prior to that she directed the Payments Strategies Group, which was responsible for evaluating trends in retail payments systems, including checks, cash, ACH and “emerging” alternatives. She has held positions as an economist in the Bank’s research function and as a financial analyst in the banking supervision division. Ms. Bennett holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Bennett is active in a number of charitable organizations, including serving as chairman of the annual fund-raising event for The First Place Fund, an organization that provides support services to former foster youth in the San Francisco area.