Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Elects Betsy Lawer and Nicole Taylor to its Board of Directors

January 10, 2011

Betsy Lawer

Betsy Lawer

Nicole Taylor

Nicole Taylor

San Francisco, CA – The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco announced the election of Ms. Betsy Lawer, vice chair, First National Bank Alaska and Ms. Nicole Taylor, president and chief executive, East Bay Community Foundation to its board of directors. Each will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2011. Ms. Lawer and Ms. Taylor were elected to provide insights on their respective business sectors and offer observations on the well-being of their local communities in the District.

Ms. Lawer previously served as a board member for the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 1997 to 2003. Ms. Lawer is a third-generation Alaska banker and she has garnered vast experience by working in all aspects of the industry.

In addition to her role at First National Bank Alaska, Ms. Lawer is on the Board of Trustees of the University of Alaska Foundation, a Smithsonian National Board Member, and a member of the President’s Community Panel, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

Ms. Taylor is a veteran executive with 17 years of experience in the Bay Area nonprofit community. The East Bay Community Foundation that she heads is the largest source of philanthropic support in the eastern region of the Bay Area.

Ms. Taylor is vice chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, and a director of several organizations including the John Gardner Center for Youth & Their Families, the League of California Community Foundations, and Northern California Grantmakers. Ms. Taylor also just completed three years of service on the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women.

Each of the nation’s 12 Federal Reserve Banks has a nine-member board of directors, three of whom are appointed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as class C directors. The remaining six (three class A and three class B directors) are elected by the District’s member banks. Class A directors are drawn from the banking community. Class B and C directors are individuals chosen from professions outside the banking community and typically represent business, industry, agriculture, labor and consumers. The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco contributes to the formulation of U.S. monetary policy through the industry and regional economic information they provide the bank’s president.

In addition to the above, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s board of directors reappointed Russell Goldsmith, chairman and CEO of City National Bank, to a one-year term on the Federal Advisory Council. Goldsmith will represent the 12th District for a year starting in 2011. He has served on the Council since 2008.

The Federal Advisory Council, a body created by the Federal Reserve Act, consists of one member – generally from the commercial banking industry – from each of the twelve Reserve Bank Districts. The council ordinarily meets four times a year with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., to discuss economic and banking matters.

The balance of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Board includes:

Douglas W. Shorenstein (chairman), chairman and CEO, Shorenstein Properties LLC, San Francisco, CA. Mr. Shorenstein is a class C director.

Patricia E. Yarrington (deputy chairman), vice president and CFO, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA. Ms. Yarrington is a class C director.

Dann H. Bowman, president and CEO, Chino Commercial Bank, N.A., Chino, CA. Mr. Bowman is a class A director.

Karla S. Chambers, vice president and co-owner, Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc., Corvallis, OR. Mrs. Chambers is a class B director.

William D. Jones, president and CEO, CityLink Investment Corporation, San Diego, CA. Mr. Jones is a class C director.

Blake W. Nordstrom, president, Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA. Mr. Nordstrom is a class B director.

Kenneth P. Wilcox, CEO, SVB Financial Group, Santa Clara, CA. Mr. Wilcox is a class A director.


Carol Eckert
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(415) 977-3853

Lily Ruiz
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(415) 974-3240


The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, with branch offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Portland, and a cash processing office in Phoenix, provides wholesale banking services to financial institutions throughout the nine western states. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates monetary policy, serves as a bank regulator, administers certain consumer protection laws, and is fiscal agent for the U.S. government. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/sffedreserve.