Ellen Ochoa Appointed to Dallas Fed Board
For Immediate Release: Jan. 26, 2017
DALLAS—The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has appointed Ellen Ochoa of Houston to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors.
She will fill an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2017, and will be eligible for appointment to a full three-year term on the board.
Ochoa previously served as chair of the Bank’s Houston Branch board.
As a board member, she will provide input on regional economic conditions as part of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy functions.
A veteran astronaut, Ochoa is the 11th director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She is also an engineer, research scientist and inventor. Prior to being named director in 2012, Ochoa served as deputy director for five years, beginning in 2007.
Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go into space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. An astronaut since 1991, she has flown four times and logged nearly 1,000 hours in space. She is a co-inventor on three patents and author of numerous technical papers.
Ochoa has received NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, Exceptional Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal and four Space Flight Medals. She also has been honored with the Harvard Foundation Science Award, Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award, Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity and Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
Ochoa is honored to have five schools named for her, including one in Grand Prairie, Texas.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Each Federal Reserve Bank has a nine-member board of directors. Three members represent commercial banks, three represent the public and three are appointed by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the Dallas Fed, visit www.dallasfed.org.
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