Sheila Tschinkel served as Resident US Treasury Economic Advisor in several Eastern European and Central Asian countries. She worked with Prime Ministers, Finance Ministers and central bank Governors on macroeconomic policy issues and cash and debt management. Her abilities to facilitate discussion were instrumental in obtaining agreement to divide the assets and liabilities of the former Yugoslavia among the five countries that succeeded it.
Before work abroad, Ms. Tschinkel served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and was a member of the bank’s Management Committee. She was the first woman in the Federal Reserve appointed to this position. In this capacity, she regularly attended meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policy setting group. Under Ms. Tschinkel, the Atlanta Bank became the first Fed research department to specialize in finance as well as macroeconomic and regional issues.
Earlier, Ms. Tschinkel was an official of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There, she had administrative responsibility for the open market “trading desk,” where monetary policy is implemented. In the private sector she was Vice President and Director of Global Asset Management at Chase Bank N.A., where she ran the bank’s multi billion dollar investment portfolio and oversaw the global management of loan assets.
Ms. Tschinkel completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard where she was the first woman class chair. She did graduate work in economics at Yale University and received an undergraduate degree from Hunter College, City University of New York; she is a member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame.
Ms Tschinkel serves on the Dean's Council of the Rollins School of Public Health and the Advisory Board of the Oglethorpe University Museum, and is a past member of the Emory University Board of Visitors and its Executive Committee.