Inspire Stories

Steve Howland
By Jessica King
Steven Howland shares how curiosity drives his research and helps him address economic issues faced by lower-income populations.
Tony Davis sightseeing in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro
By Kierra Karemani
Tony Davis builds on what makes each community unique when developing strategies to improve social determinants of health. Get to know Tony and his work at the New York Fed.
Tracy Choi runs on a beach in South Korea
By Jennie Blizzard
"We’re not going to change a community system or problem overnight. We want sustained involvement to help create long-term changes," says Tracy Choi of the San Francisco Fed. Get to know Tracy and her work.
Mike Eggleston, St. Louis Fed
By Crystal Flynn
Mike Eggleston uses collaboration and research to expand partnerships in lower- income communities with the goal of increasing economic mobility for residents.
Julie Siwicki holding her foster dog.
By Jennie Blizzard
Julie Siwicki works hard to make sure the perspectives of community partners are part of the research formula.
Gar Kelley gives the Father of the Bride speech at his daughter's wedding.
By Jennie Blizzard
Gar Kelley uses faith and experience to influence economic potential in underserved communities.
Marycruz hiking in Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico
By Kierra Karemani
Get to know Marycruz De León and her work at the Dallas Fed to support community partnerships that aim to improve the region’s education and workforce outcomes and promote digital inclusion.
Alaina Barca
By Jennie Blizzard
Alaina Barca, a community development research analyst at the Philadelphia Fed, aims to make the economy more easily accessible to everyone.
Charly at the grand opening of the Enterprising Latina’s Wimauma Opportunity Center
By Jessica King
Get to know the Atlanta Fed's Charly van Dijk and her work on the Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative.
Maria Thompson
By Fed Communities Staff
Maria Thompson knows small business, both personally and professionally. As the national outreach manager for the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), Maria taps her expertise and personal experiences to advocate tirelessly for small firms.