The Federal Reserve Bank of New York works to promote sound and well-functioning financial systems and markets through its provision of industry and payment services, advancement of infrastructure reform in key markets and training and educational support to international institutions.
Regional & Community Outreach connects the Bank to Main Street via structured dialogues and two-way conversations on small business, mortgages, and household credit.
Economic Education improves public knowledge about the Federal Reserve System, monetary policy implementation, and promoting financial stability through the Museum and programs for K-16 students and educators, and the community.
Kausar Hamdani is a senior vice president and the New York Fed’s Community Affairs officer. She also leads the Regional and Community Outreach function, which has special responsibility for systematically engaging with Main Street audiences on issues of regional interest. The function produces actionable analysis for regional leaders and gathers grass-roots intelligence to inform the Bank's leadership and decisionmaking process. A special focus of outreach is emerging issues affecting low- to moderate-income communities in the Second Federal Reserve District.
Ms. Hamdani joined the Bank in 1982 as an economist in the Monetary Research Department and has served in several areas, including the Bank Supervision Group. She also led the Buffalo Branch of the New York Fed and has served on several community, business and academic advisory boards in Upstate New York. Prior to that, she taught economics at Columbia University and New York University. Ms. Hamdani holds a doctorate and two master’s degrees from Columbia University.