Janet Yellen Fact Sheet

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Current Title: Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Group: Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group

See Janet Yellen’s full faculty biography.

Positions held

  • 2021 – present, Secretary of the Treasury
  • 2018 – 2020, Distinguished Fellow in Residence – Economic Studies, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Brookings Institution
  • 2014 – 2018, Chair, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • 2010 – 2013, Vice Chair, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • 2004 – 2010, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • 1999 – 2003, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley Department of Economics
  • 1985 – 2006, Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • 1997 – 1999, Chair, President’s Council of Economic Advisors
  • 1994 – 1997, Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • 1982 – 1985, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • 1980 – 1982, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • 1978 – 1980, Lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1977 – 1978, Economist, Division of International Finance, Trade and Financial Studies Section, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • 1971 – 1976, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University
  • 1974, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Areas of research

  • Unemployment and labor markets
  • Monetary and fiscal policies
  • International trade and investment policy
  • See published research, below.

See archive of Janet Yellen’s academic research, working papers, and speeches on the IDEAS economics database.

The American Economic Association named Yellen 2012 Distinguished Fellow.


From 1980 to 2004, Yellen taught thousands of Berkeley Haas students in the undergraduate, full-time MBA, and Evening & Weekend MBA programs. She taught the required macroeconomics course at the MBA level for 11 semesters.

Undergraduate courses:

  • Macroeconomics (required course)
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Business Fluctuations and Forecasting

MBA courses:

  • Macroeconomics (required course)
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Applied International Economics
  • Survey of International Business
  • Theory and Institutions of International Trade

Teaching Awards:

Yellen won the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in the full-time MBA program in 1985 and in the Evening and Weekend MBA program in 1988.

For the News Media

Berkeley Haas Media Relations: Laura Counts [email protected] 510-643-9977

Dean Ann Harrison on Janet Yellen: “As a brilliant economist with great personal humility and empathy for the people behind the statistics, Janet Yellen embodies the best of Berkeley and Haas. We are proud and excited to hear the news that she will be the new president’s top economic advisor at this very difficult time for the country. She also carries on a proud tradition of Berkeley women in economic leadership roles.”

Former Dean Rich Lyons on Janet Yellen: “It is hard for me to think of a better exemplar of the Haas School’s four defining leadership principles than Janet Yellen. Confidence without attitude? To a T. Question the status quo? She is constantly seeking better ways. Beyond yourself? If you know her, you know this is her. Students always? A more honest thinker would be hard to find.”


Janet Yellen leaves the Fed after achieving “near perfection” as chair

Berkeley Haas celebrates nomination of business professor Janet Yellen to head Federal Reserve

BerkeleyHaas magazine article on Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen won the Berkeley-Haas 2012  Business Leader of the Year Award. In this feature article she talks about how she became interested in economics, her years at Berkeley-Haas and her career at the Fed.