Leadership and Membership Changes Announced for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Board of Directors

January 8, 2013

Patricia E. Yarrington

Patricia E. Yarrington

San Francisco, CA — The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System designated Patricia E. Yarrington as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s board of directors, and Roy A. Vallee as deputy chair, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Vallee was also appointed to two years of a three year term by the Board of Governors ending December 31, 2014.

Ms. Yarrington is vice president and CFO of global energy company Chevron Corporation, headquartered in San Ramon, California. She joined Chevron in 1980 and has held progressively senior financial and analytical positions with the company, including treasurer and vice president of strategic planning.

Ms. Yarrington has been on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s board of directors since January 2009 and served as deputy chair since 2011. She previously served on the Bank’s Economic Advisory Council from 2007 to 2008.

Roy A. Vallee

Roy A. Vallee

Mr. Vallee is the retired executive chairman and CEO of Avnet, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined Avnet in 1977 as senior vice president and director of Worldwide Electronics Operations, and most recently served as executive chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012; and as chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2011. He is a member of the boards of directors of Teradyne, and Synopsys, Inc. In addition, he is also a member of the Arizona Commerce Authority board of directors, and a member of its executive committee. Mr. Vallee previously served on the Bank’s Economic Advisory Council from 2010 to 2012.

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Steven E. Bochner

In addition, Steven E. Bochner, partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation, Palo Alto, California, and Peter S. Ho, chairman, president and CEO, Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Hawaii Corporation, Honolulu, Hawaii, were elected by member banks as Class B and Class A directors, respectively. Alexander R. Mehran, president and CEO, Sunset Development Company, San Ramon, California was appointed by the Board of Governors as a Class C director. They will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2013.

Mr. Bochner served as CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 2009 to 2012, and is currently a member of its board of directors. He is the chairman of the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, UC Berkeley School of Law. He is also the executive committee vice chairman, 39th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Northwestern Law School. Mr. Bochner holds a BS in political science from San Jose State University, and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Peter S. Ho

Peter S. Ho

Mr. Ho was named chairman and CEO of Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Hawaii Corporation on July 30, 2010. He served as president since April 2008 and has been a member of the bank’s board since December 2005. He is a member of the Hawaii Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council. Mr. Ho served as chairman of the Hawaii Host Committee for the APEC Summit hosted by the President and held in Honolulu in 2011. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in business, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Alexander R. Mehran

Alexander R. Mehran

Mr. Mehran has served as president and CEO of Sunset Development Company, San Ramon, California since 1982. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of The Bay Area Council, and a current member of its executive committee. He is also a member of the Presidio Trust board of directors, and a member of the San Francisco Ballet, board of trustees. Mr. Mehran graduated with honors from Harvard College, and holds a JD with honors from Cambridge University.

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

Megan F. Clubb, president and CEO of Baker Boyer National Bank in Walla Walla, Washington. Ms. Clubb is a class A director.

Richard A. Galanti, executive vice president, CFO, and director of Costco Wholesale Corporation in Issaquah, Washington. Mr. Galanti is a class B director.

Betsy Lawer, vice chair, First National Bank Alaska, Anchorage, AK. Ms. Lawer is a class A director.

Nicole C. Taylor, president and CEO, East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA. Ms. Taylor is a class B director.

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.


Matthew Schiffgens
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(415) 974-3246

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


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.