About the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Susan A. Sutherland, Senior Vice President and OMWI Director
Susan A. Sutherland is senior vice president and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). She is also responsible for overseeing the Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources, Statistics, and Strategy and Communications functions. She is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, which addresses enterprise policies and practices. Sutherland received her bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University, and a master of science degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University.
Sutherland joined the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 1988. Throughout her Federal Reserve career, she has worked in a variety of functions with increasing responsibility, primarily in the financial services, operations, and support areas. She was promoted to the officer ranks in 1993 and to senior vice president in 1999. Sutherland represented the Twelfth District on the Federal Reserve System’s Conference of Presidents Subcommittee on Human Resources from 2000 until September of 2010, serving as chair from June 2002 to July 2006. Since 2007, she has served on the Committee on Plan Administration, the fiduciary oversight committee for the System’s Pension and Thrift Plan.
Rita Aguilar, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
Rita Aguilar is the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) officer responsible for leading, designing, and championing diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity programs. She ensures compliance with EEO policies and oversees annual reporting of the Program’s performance to the Bank’s Executive Committee and the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.
Aguilar joined the Bank in 1988. Among other roles, she served as director in Cash Services for nine years. Prior to that, she was a Human Resources manager for seven years. Aguilar is a member of the Management Committee, which implements policies and strategies on organizational improvements, serves on the Diversity Council, and chairs the Diversity Program Workgroup.
To achieve the goals of the Dodd-Frank legislation and to champion diversity at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the OMWI is wholly supported by the president, first vice president, and senior management. To meet its goals, the OMWI partners with key areas within the Bank, including Human Resources, Procurement, Banking Supervision and Regulation, and Public Information, along with the Diversity Council and its employee resource groups.