Dennis Lockhart

Dennis Lockhart

Formal First Name
1947 - present

Dennis Lockhart is a renowned economist whose career includes time in the private sector, government, and academia. Lockhart was the fourteenth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, he was responsible for all the Bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation and payment services. He also served on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body and the Federal Open Market Committee. Prior to joining Atlanta Fed, Lockhart was a Faculty Member of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has also held positions at Zephyr Management LP, Heller Financial and Citigroup, where he served on various international positions in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran. In addition to his community and industry stewardship, Lockhart remains highly active in academics. Today, he is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. He also sits on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards and advisory councils.

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • During his tenure, the Atlanta Fed faced some of the most traumatic economic events, including the financial crisis and Great Recession.

  • In 2012, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranked the Atlanta Fed #9 in the large-company category as one of the top workplaces in Atlanta.

  • During his 10-year stint at Atlanta Fed, Lockhart has given many speeches on the financial crisis, monetary policy, and the economy.


  • Lockhart started his career with Citigroup, where he held various international positions in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran.

  • He was head of Citigroup's Latin America debt-to-equity swap investment program, designed to restructure sovereign debt.

  • He worked at Heller Financial, where he served as president of Heller International Group.

  • At Heller, he had activities in commercial banking, finance and merchant banking in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

  • He was managing partner at Zephyr Management LP, a private equity firm based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America.

  • Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, he served on the boards of several companies, including CapitalSource, Tri-Valley, and Greenfield Holdings.

  • He was Chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, and served on the Advisory Committee of the US Export-Import Bank and chaired the Committee in 2000.