Kausar Hamdani, PhD, 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.