- NAME: Janet Yellen
- OCCUPATION: Economist, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: August 13, 1946 (Age: 67)
- Did You Know?: In 2014, Janet Yellen became the first woman to run the United States Federal Reserve Board.
- EDUCATION: Brown University, Yale University, Fort Hamilton High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- AKA: Janet Yellen
- AKA: Janet L. Yellen
- Full Name: Janet Louise Yellen
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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A leading American economist, Janet Yellen served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors since 2010 until becoming the first woman to become chair of the board in 2014.
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"She's a proved leader and she's tough—not just because she's from Brooklyn," the president said.
Yellen pledged to "meet the great responsibilities that Congress has entrusted to the Federal Reserve—to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and a strong and stable financial system," if she was confirmed. Following much speculation, Yellen was confirmed to succeed Ben Bernake as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board on January 6, 2014,
with a start date of February 1. The Senate voted 56-26 for the Obama endorsed economist to take on the head role, and with the title she became the first woman in history to lead the Federal Reserve Board.
Over her lengthy career, Yellen has penned numerous papers and publications, including some co-authored with her husband, Nobel Prize-winning economist and UC Berkeley professor George Akerlof. She has also received numerous accolades for her contributions to the field of economics. She served as a Guggenheim Fellow in the mid-1980s, and received the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University in 1997.
Yellen met husband George Akerlof in the 1970s, when they were both working at the Federal Reserve. The couple has one grown son, Robert Akerlof.
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