John C. Williams

John C. Williams
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
President and Chief Executive Officer

John C. Williams took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on March 1, 2011. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Federal Reserve’s Twelfth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. Williams was previously the executive vice president and director of research for the San Francisco bank, which he joined in 2002. He began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, following the completion of his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley. Williams’ research focuses on topics including: monetary policy under uncertainty; innovation; and business cycles. Additionally, he served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.