Tuesday, December 2, 2014
OPINION: Carroll G. Robinson Recommends Bill White,Gilbert Garcia and Tony Chase as Federal Reserve Bank President Replacement
OPINION: Carroll G. Robinson Recommends Bill White, Gilbert Garcia and Tony Chase as Possible Federal Reserve Bank President Replacement
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Dr. Renu Khator
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
2200 N. Pearl Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Dear Dr. Khator:
I am writing to recommend that Bill White, Gilbert Garcia and Tony Chase all be included on the list of candidates considered to succeed Richard Fisher as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
As a former At-Large Houston City Council Member, a Citizen Member of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, I know that it matters who represents our community and the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee (FMOC) on monetary policy issues.
Decisions made by the Federal Reserve on monetary policy and those made by Congress on fiscal policy and tax reform have a significant impact on the energy and healthcare industries and on trade which impacts the Port of Houston, local families, businesses and entrepreneurs, and the City of Houston’s current and future economic growth and revenues.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas needs a President who will care about rebuilding our nation’s economy for low income and middle class families and supporting monetary policies that will help address the nation’s trade deficit and income and wealth inequality.
Bill White is a former Mayor of Houston and a former Deputy Secretary of Energy. He was also Chairman and CEO of WEDGE Group, a Texas real estate developer.
Gilbert Garcia, CFA, is Chairman of the Houston Metro Board and Managing Partner of Garcia Hamilton & Associates, LP.
Anthony “Tony” Chase is a former Deputy Chair of the Dallas Federal Reserve and a former Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. He was recently elected to the Board of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
Either of these three candidates would be an excellent choice to serve as the next President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Thank you, in advance, for your full and thoughtful consideration of these candidates.
Carroll G. Robinson for Houston
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About Carroll G. Robinson
Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs and is Associate Director of the E-MPA program. Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is Chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Third Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch and a former board member of the Northeast Family YMCA, a member of the Houston Independent School District™'s (HISD) Bond Oversight Committee, was a member of the City of Houston™'s Term Limits Review Commission, and is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council where he served as Chairman of the city™'s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Children at Risk (C@R) and the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board™s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee.
He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League™s Utilities and Environment Committee and Transportation Task Force; a former Vice Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council™s (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council, is a former member of H-GAC™s Board of Directors; a former Advisory Board member of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members; has served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives, is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Professor Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor™s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness.
Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries.
Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Professor Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association.
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