Lisa Cook draws support from White House officials for Fed board: report

Lisa Cook draws support from White House officials for Fed board: report
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Economist Lisa Cook is reportedly emerging as a potential contender to fill a vacant spot on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors and drawing support from inside the new Biden administration. 

A number of White House officials have already backed Cook, a Michigan State University economics professor who served as a senior economist with the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration, for the open seat, Bloomberg News reported

Cook also serves on the steering committee of the progressive Washington Center for Equitable Growth, which was co-founded by Heather BousheyHeather BousheySpiking inflation weighs on Biden economic agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - COVID vaccine developments Pelosi, White House recognize Equal Pay Day MORE, a member of President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE’s economic team, the news outlet noted. Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet YellenYellen says Biden's COVID-19 relief bill 'acted like a vaccine for the American economy' On the Money — Yellen highlights wealth gap in MLK speech Yellen: US has 'much more work' to close racial wealth gap MORE also served on the committee in the past.

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According to Bloomberg, Biden has not yet considered contenders for the role or contacted Cook about the position.

However, Axios, citing sources familiar with the situation, reports that the president has been considering Cook for the role.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on both reports.

If appointed to fill the spot, Cook would be the first Black woman to serve on the seven-member Federal Reserve board.

Coverage of her prospects for the seat has stirred excitement online, including from Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOver 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation Jonathan Van Ness talks to Pressley about authenticity in new Netflix show Democrats call on CDC to release demographic breakdowns for long-term COVID-19 patients MORE (D-Mass.), who was the first Black woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

“This is a victory for the people, & the most marginalized to truly be centered. Econ policy with a racial justice lens,” Pressley tweeted in response to the reports. 

Prior to teaching at Michigan State and her time in the Obama administration, Cook studied economics and politics at Oxford University, where she earned her B.A. as a Marshall Scholar. She also later earned a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley, in economics.

Biden earlier this month formally withdrew former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE's nomination of Judy Shelton to serve on the Federal Reserve board. Shelton, a former Trump campaign adviser, had been nominated for the seat last year.

Shelton's nomination prompted concerns from Republicans over her views on Fed independence, monetary policy and her past support for the gold standard.