Esther George

Esther L. George served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 2011 to January 2023, when she faced mandatory retirement from the Federal Reserve. As president of the Kansas City Fed, she served on the Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for setting monetary policy for the United States. George led a workforce of more than 2,000 employees located at the Bank’s Kansas City office and Branch offices in Denver, Oklahoma City, and Omaha who supported the Kansas City Fed’s role in national monetary policy, financial institution supervision, and the provision of payment and financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. Treasury. She joined the Fed in 1982 and served much of her early career in the Division of Supervision and Risk Management. She was also a chair of the Federal Reserve System's Community Banking Organizations Management Group and served as the acting director of the Federal Reserve's Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation.