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Richard W. Fisher was president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015. In this role, Fisher served as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group. He has also served as the chair of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents, the body that oversees the shared operations of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. For five years he served as chair of the IT Oversight Committee for the 12 Federal Reserve banks, putting in place the first system-wide CIO structure.
Prior to becoming the president of the Dallas Fed in 2005, Fisher was vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm, in partnership with Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and Mack McLarty, former White House chief of staff in the Clinton Administration. He was also senior advisor of FCM Investors in Dallas, an investment advisory firm that he founded in 1987. He simultaneously served as senior advisor to the law firm of Covington & Burling. He was a member of the Board of Directors of EDS.
From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was deputy United States trade representative with the rank of ambassador, responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico and Canada. He led numerous high-profile negotiations, including the U.S.–Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed by President George W. Bush in 2002; the initiation of the Free Trade Agreements with Singapore and Chile; the omnibus Free Trade Area of the Americas; and the U.S. Korea Auto Agreement of 1998. He co-chaired the Enhanced Initiative on Competition and Deregulation of the Japanese Economy agreed to by President Clinton and Prime Minister Hashimoto. Fisher was also a senior member of the team that negotiated the U.S.–China and U.S.–Taiwan bilateral agreements for accession to the World Trade Organization. He had oversight responsibility for the implementation of NAFTA. While serving as Deputy USTR, Fisher served as vice chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and as a member of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council.
Prior to joining the government, Fisher was managing partner for 10 years of Fisher Capital Management (FCM) and Fisher Ewing Partners, with $500 million in equity capital. Fisher Ewing’s sole fund, Value Partners, earned a compound rate of return of 23.6% per annum during Fisher’s period as managing partner.
Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private banking firm of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH), as assistant to Robert V. Roosa. He was “lent out” to the Carter Administration to serve as assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury for 1977-79, then rejoined BBH to establish their operations in Texas. He was senior manager of BBH’s investment management and corporate finance operations in Texas until creating FCM in 1987.
Fisher was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard (B.A. cum laude), Oxford (Latin American politics) and Stanford (M.B.A.). He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas from 1995 to 1997, teaching a second-year Masters’ seminar at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He presently serves on the Board of PepsiCo, where he is a member of the Audit Committee. He serves on the Board of Overseers of Harvard where he is chair of the Finance, Administration and Management Committee and a member of the university’s Inspections (audit) Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bryant University.
In 2006, Fisher received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. In 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. In February 2015, he received the Order of the Aztec Eagle award, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to foreigners. He will receive the Neil Mallon Award, one of Dallas’ highest honors, in October 2015.