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Meet the Team

Paul E. Kaboth

Vice President and Community Development Officer

216.579.2951 |

Paul Kaboth is vice president and community development officer in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His responsibilities include strategic oversight of the department’s work on a range of consumer credit, community reinvestment, and asset-building issues with the Bank’s Research and Supervision and Regulation Departments and with other Federal Reserve offices. He also directs research, outreach, and public programs that promote fair and equal access to credit in the Fourth Federal Reserve District. (The Fourth District includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.)

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Mary Helen Petrus

Assistant Vice President

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

Research Analyst

216.206.3658 |

Brett Barkley is a 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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Anne O’Shaughnessy

Communications Advisor

216.579.2233 |

Anne O’Shaughnessy is a communications advisor for the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, overseeing the department’s publications, website, and social media tools. She also directs the development of marketing materials to support Community Development-sponsored events. From 2009 through 2012 she led the planning of the Cleveland Fed’s Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality. Outside the Bank, she serves on the Marketing and Development Committee of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.

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Joseph C. Ott

Regional Community Development Advisor

412.261.7947 |

Joseph Ott is a Regional Community Development Advisor in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Working out of the Bank’s Pittsburgh Branch, Mr. Ott provides technical assistance and regulatory guidance to financial institutions, government entities, and community-based organizations on issues related to consumer finance and protection, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and community and economic development.

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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

  • 05.03.17

    InterAgency Collaboration Roundtable

    The InterAgency Collaboration Roundtable is an event for regulatory agencies to network and identify similar work that results in creating more efficient approaches within financial supervision.

  • 06.22.17

    2017 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality

    On June 22 and 23, the Cleveland Fed holds its biennial Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality. The forum highlights the latest research and field initiatives on topics related to equitable development.