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Biographical information for Janet Yellen, nominated by Obama to lead Federal Reserve

NAME — Janet L. Yellen

AGE-BIRTHPLACE — 67; Brooklyn, N.Y.

EXPERIENCE — Vice chair, Federal Reserve, 2010-present; president, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2004-10; chair, White House Council of Economic Advisers, 1997-99; member, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 1994-97; faculty member, University of California, Berkeley, 1980-94 (on leave); lecturer at London School of Economics and Political Science, 1978-80; economist, Federal Reserve, 1977-78; assistant professor at Harvard University, 1971-76.

EDUCATION — Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University, 1967; doctorate in economics from Yale University, 1971.

FAMILY — Husband, George A. Akerlof, Nobel laureate in economics (2001) and Berkeley professor; a son, Robert Akerlof.

QUOTE — “The mandate of the Federal Reserve is to serve all the American people, and too many Americans still can’t find a job and worry how they will pay their bills and provide for their families. The Federal Reserve can help, if it does its job effectively.” — Remarks at White House ceremony where her nomination to Fed chair was announced by President Barack Obama, Oct. 9, 2013.