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Meet the Team

Mary Helen Petrus

Assistant Vice President, Acting Community Development Officer

216.579.2443 |

Mary Helen Petrus is an assistant vice president in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She is responsible for managing the department’s outreach efforts and research initiatives. In this role, Ms. Petrus works with economists and analysts on a broad range of issues that affect access to credit and capital in low- and moderate-income communities, with an emphasis on policy implications.

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Brett Barkley

Senior Research Analyst

216.217.9328 |

Brett Barkley is a senior research analyst in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In this role, he provides data analysis and conducts policy research, focusing primarily on affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization, and equitable development.

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Bonnie S. Blankenship

Regional Community Development Advisor

513.455.4281 |

Bonnie Blankenship is a Regional Community Development Advisor in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Working from the bank’s Cincinnati office, Ms. Blankenship is responsible for outreach activities and conducts research and policy analysis on current and emerging issues in the community development field. In addition, she provides information and technical assistance on community development topics relevant to the Fourth District to financial institutions, community-based organizations, and government entities.

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Kyle D. Fee

Regional Community Development Advisor

216.579.2029 |

Kyle Fee is a regional community development advisor in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In this role, he performs data analysis, conducts applied research, and authors reports, with a particular emphasis on policy implications for low- and moderate-income communities. His work focuses on economic development, workforce development, neighborhood development, and economic geography.

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Matt Klesta

Policy Analyst

216.579.3166 |

Matt Klesta is a policy analyst in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Mr. Klesta joined the bank in 2007 and became a member of the Community Development team in 2009. His work focuses on urban and rural revitalization, issues affecting low- to moderate-income communities, and the impact of natural resource extraction on rural communities.

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Hal Martin

Policy Economist

216.774.2526 |

Hal Martin is a policy economist in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He conducts research related to tax policy and housing. His current work focuses on the distributional impacts of tax policy on housing across income levels.

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Lisa Nelson

Community Development Advisor

216.579.2903 |

Lisa Nelson is a community development advisor in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In this role, she coordinates the strategic development and execution of the department’s research initiatives and conducts data analysis and applied research with an emphasis on policy implications. Her most recent work focuses primarily on workforce development and neighborhood stabilization efforts.

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Ann Marie Wiersch

Senior Policy Analyst

216.579.2423 |

Ann Marie Wiersch is a senior policy analyst in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Her work focuses primarily on small business issues, especially access to credit. She has conducted analysis on a range of policy issues, including entrepreneurship trends, small business employment, household debt and student loans, and state and local government finance.

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Upcoming EventsSEE ALL

  • 09.18.17

    Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities

    The Regional Food Systems event will discuss the ways communities use regional food strategies to advance economic and community goals and explore models for collaboration across sectors.

  • 11.30.17

    2017 Financial Stability & FinTech Conference

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Office of Financial Research, and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business invite you to attend the 2017 Financial Stability & FinTech Conference on November 30 – December 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference will highlight research and facilitate discussions on the financial stability implications of financial innovation on policy and regulation.