About the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference Initiative


The Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference is the nation’s premier conference for community banking-related research. The conference is sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and brings together community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank supervisors to discuss the latest academic research on community banking as well as important policy issues facing community banks. 

Held annually at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the conference also features the presentation of the results from the National Survey of Community Banks which is administered each year by the state banking commissioners and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Since its 2013 debut, the conference has attracted speakers from a wide array of backgrounds and disciplines, including:

- Ben Bernanke, chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

Cynthia Blankenship, vice chairman, corporate president and chief financial officer, Bank of the West, Grapevine, Texas

- Lael Brainard, governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

- James Bullard, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President 

- Charles Evans, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 

- Esther L. George, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

- Jerome H. Powell, governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

- H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, chairman, BancFirst Corporation, Oklahoma City, Okla.

- Rebeca Romero Rainey, chairman and CEO Centinel Bank, Taos, New Mexico and chairman, Independent Community Bankers of America (2016 – 2017) 

- John W. Ryan, president and CEO, Conference of State Bank Supervisors

- Reid Ryan, founding investor and board member for R Bank and R Corp Financial, Round Rock, Texas; president for business operations, Houston Astros Baseball    Club 

- Dorothy A. Savarese, chairman, president and CEO, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Orleans, Mass., and chairman, American Bankers Association (2016-    2017)

 -John Williams, president and chief executive officer, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Janet Yellen, chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System