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Tom Barkin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom Barkin is the president and chief executive officer of the Richmond Fed. He joined the Richmond Fed in January 2018.

In this role, he is responsible for the Bank’s monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services as well as oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s information technology organization. Barkin served as a voting member in 2018 on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Barkin was a senior partner and chief financial officer at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. Barkin oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States and provided strategic counsel to a diverse portfolio of clients. Barkin also served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2009 to 2014 and was the board’s chairman from 2013 to 2014.

Barkin is a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees and the Greater Washington Partnership.

Barkin earned his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Harvard University.

  • Speeches
    May 6, 2021

    The market will decide the future of remote work, says President Tom Barkin in his latest essay.This essay appears in the May issue of Econ Focus magazine.

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    April 16, 2021

    What does it take to deliver funding the “last mile” to the people who need it? Read more in President Tom Barkin’s latest essay. 

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    March 23, 2021

    President Tom Barkin spoke about investments to help address long-term disparities exposed by COVID-19.

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    March 21, 2021

    President Tom Barkin spoke about the potential for COVID-19 to leave long-lasting scars on the economy—and how policy can help.

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    Feb. 24, 2021

    President Tom Barkin discusses the importance of training the next generation of infrastructure workers.

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    Feb. 1, 2021

    President Tom Barkin talks about the pandemic’s lasting influence on office life.

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    Jan. 14, 2021

    President Tom Barkin talks about the effects of COVID-19 on students and the Richmond Fed’s new District Dialogues series exploring educational disparities.

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    Nov. 10, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin discusses how community colleges can help workers affected by COVID-19 job loss.

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    Oct. 21, 2020

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin discusses the recent increase in personal savings and the implications for future spending.

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    Oct. 15, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin discussed the latest CFO Survey results and their implications for the economy at a webinar hosted by the Economic Club of New York.

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    Oct. 13, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin spoke about the importance of early childhood education and the health of the child care industry at the VECF/VA Chamber’s 7th Annual Executive Briefing on the Economics of Early Childhood.

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    Sept. 24, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin spoke about the outlook for inflation at a webinar hosted by the Money Marketeers of New York University.

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    Sept. 14, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin spoke about workforce barriers at a virtual summit hosted by West Virginia Women Moving Forward.

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    Aug. 24, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin discusses the loss of service-industry jobs and the effects on younger workers.

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    Aug. 3, 2020

    Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin discusses racial inequality in the Fifth District and how the Richmond Fed is working to make a positive difference.

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    June 22, 2020

    Read President Tom Barkin’s new essay on whether the COVID-19 pandemic could provide an opportunity for small towns to rewrite their endings.

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    June 15, 2020

    Read President Tom Barkin’s new essay on how supporting families and workers supports the economy’s long-term recovery.

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    May 21, 2020

    Read President Tom Barkin’s new essay about how people experience the COVID-19 pandemic differently.

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    May 4, 2020

    President Tom Barkin wrote about the potential longer-term impact of COVID-19.

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    April 8, 2020

    President Tom Barkin wrote about economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Jan. 9, 2020

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    Jan. 3, 2020

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    Nov. 13, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke November 13, 2019 at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forecast Luncheon in Greensboro, N.C.

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    Nov. 12, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin highlighted strategies for drawing people back into the workforce at the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

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    Nov. 5, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke November 5, 2019 at the Greater Baltimore Committee Economic Outlook conference in Baltimore, Md.

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    Oct. 2, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin discussed economic differences between small towns and urban areas at the Investing in Rural America conference.

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    Sept. 26, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke September 26, 2019 to the Richmond chapter of the Risk Management Association.

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    Aug. 28, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin discussed how entrepreneurship can boost economic growth at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

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    July 11, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke July 11, 2019, at the Global Interdependence Center’s Rocky Mountain Economic Summit.

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    June 3, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke to the Charlotte Economics Club on women's labor force participation, including trends, challenges and solutions.

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    May 16, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke May 16, 2019 at the Richmond Fed’s “Market Structure and the Macroeconomy” conference.

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    May 15, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke May 15, 2019, to the New York Association for Business Economics.

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    April 4, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke at the Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting on April 4, 2019, in Richmond.

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    March 5, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin highlighted themes for rural communities — education, jobs, de-isolation, and participation — at the Virginia Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade.

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    Jan. 10, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke January 10, 2019, in Raleigh to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce at its 2019 Economic Forecast event.

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    Jan. 4, 2019

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke January 4, 2019, at the Maryland Bankers Association’s First Friday Economic Outlook Forum in Baltimore.

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    Oct. 3, 2018

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke on the national economic outlook October 3, 2018, in Charleston, West Virginia.

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    Oct. 2, 2018

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin discussed geographic differences between rural and urban areas, workforce development, and mobility at the Reinventing Our Communities conference.

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    Sept. 28, 2018

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin delivered remarks to a Federal Reserve conference on minorities in banking.

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    Aug. 8, 2018

    Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin spoke to community and business leaders in Roanoke, Virginia, about strategies to boost economic growth.

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    May 7, 2018

    President Tom Barkin spoke at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. on May 7, 2018.

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