Mester, Loretta J.
President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Education: Barnard College of Columbia University, bachelor’s degree; Princeton University, master’s degree and doctorate
First Job: I analyzed data on helicopter-launched missiles to predict their flight paths at the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, during summers in high school.
Best Advice: This quote is sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Previous Leadership Positions: Executive vice president and director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Important Lesson Learned: If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re hanging out with the wrong crowd.
Bucket List: I would like to attend opera in as many countries and cities as possible.