This year, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will deliver the 18th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture.
Bostic has been president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta since June 2017. This year he also is serving as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve.
From 2012 to 2017, Bostic was the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where he first joined the faculty in 2001. From 2015 to 2016, he also served as interim director of USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate and from 2016 to 2017 he chaired the center's Governance, Management, and Policy Process department. The founding director of USC’s Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast, his research has spanned many fields, including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness.
From 2009 to 2012 Bostic served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In that role, he was a principal adviser to the secretary on policy and research, helping the secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as on budget and legislative proposals.
He also has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Abode Communities, NeighborWorks, the National Community Stabilization Trust, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the National Economic Association, and Freddie Mac.
Bostic graduated from Harvard University with a combined major in economics and psychology and earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University.
The John T. Dunlop Lecture honors a distinguished member of the Harvard community in recognizing the contributions of Professor John T. Dunlop. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Economics Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Dunlop was United States Secretary of Labor during the Ford administration. Professor Dunlop had a lifetime career in mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution. A commitment to the nation's construction industries and housing also distinguished his work. He served as chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee and played a role in the establishment of the National Institute for Building Sciences. Dunlop was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame by the National Association of Home Builders in 1986.
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