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The Fed's Janet Yellen: Who is she?

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(Read caption) Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen arrives at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in this Aug. 21, 2009, file photo. Yellen is a leading contender to be nominated by President Obama as vice chair of the central bank, a senior administration official said March 12.

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Janet Yellen – reported to be President Obama’s choice to be the next vice chair of the Federal Reserve – has a long résumé of government and academic work.

She has taught at the London School of Economics and chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. Although she's known for supporting employment and growth policies over inflation-cutting measures, Dr. Yellen in her two stints as a Fed policymaker has voted with the majority on each of the 36 votes she participated in, whether the proposed measure was an increase or decease in interest rates.

If she is tapped to become vice chair under Ben Bernanke, it would mark the second time a woman has held the No. 2 post at the Fed. The first was Alice Rivlin during the Clinton administration.

Here's a look at Yellen's career and life:

Professional timeline:

2004- present, president of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


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