Diversity & Inclusion: Our Workforce

Meet New York Fed employees who help make the institution a unique place to work.
Karine

Department: Legal

Title: Litigation Coordinating Attorney

Years at the New York Fed: 6 years

Background: I have a bachelor’s degree in French and Philosophy from Colgate University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. While working as a paralegal during the day, I earned my law degree at night. I then became an associate and focused on patent litigation, gaining experience at three different law firms. My extensive litigation experience led me to the New York Fed as a contractor to assist during the discovery phase of a pending litigation. I was then hired as a Litigation Coordinating Attorney.

How diversity at the New York Fed affects me: The resource networks are an outlet for me to do something different in a professional setting. They’re a place where I can collaborate with colleagues on issues we care about and where I can bring new issues to the New York Fed’s attention. I’m a member of four networks—OPEN, MOSAIC, WOMEN and AALMA. Through my participation in the resource networks, I've had the opportunity to curate an exhibition to honor Black History Month. I've also had the opportunity to participate in a MOSAIC externship program in the Financial Market Infrastructure function of Supervision to gain a better understanding of what they do firsthand and connect with additional colleagues around the New York Fed.

Joining the resource networks is one the highlights of my career at the New York Fed. The diverse members of the resource networks have provided me with so many opportunities to not only socialize outside of my group and broaden my skill sets, but they are also a source of support in an ever-changing world.
-Karine
New York Fed
Wendy

Department: Supervision

Title: Vice President

Years at the New York Fed: 25 years

Background: I’ve always balanced work and education, with early jobs ranging from typing hand-written reports to toting boxes of work papers. In my career at the New York Fed, I started as an examiner and have supervised financial institutions for much of my tenure. In addition, I created a team that focused on addressing risks and reforming the derivatives market.

How diversity at the New York Fed affects me: One of my favorite aspects of the New York Fed is its strong emphasis on cultural inclusion. In this environment, it's okay to be different. We arrive from various backgrounds and provide different perspectives on the world. I appreciate how the New York Fed encourages everyone to voice their opinions, valuing the diversity of responses. Not only am I accepted and encouraged by my peers, but I feel the same respect and warmth from senior leaders here.

I have found an organization that fully accepts my diverse background, recognizes and values my strengths, and encourages continual growth and development.
-Wendy
New York Fed