Richard Fisher was President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015. In this role, Fisher served as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve's principal monetary policymaking group. He has also served as the chair of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. For five years he served as chair of the IT Oversight Committee for the 12 Federal Reserve banks, putting in place the first system-wide CIO structure.
Prior to becoming the president of the Dallas Fed, Mr. Fisher was Vice-Chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm. He was also Senior Advisor of FCM Investors in Dallas, Texas, an investment advisory firm that he founded in 1987. He simultaneously served as Senior Advisor to the law firm of Covington & Burling. He was a member of the Board of Directors of EDS.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Fisher was Deputy United States Trade Representative with the rank of Ambassador, responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in Asia, Latin America, and Mexico and Canada. He led numerous high profile negotiations, including the U.S.–Vietnam Bilateral Trade; the initiation of the Free Trade Agreements with Singapore and Chile; the omnibus Free Trade Area of the Americas; and the U.S. Korea Auto Agreement of 1998. He co-chaired the Enhanced Initiative on Competition and Deregulation of the Japanese Economy. Ambassador Fisher was also a senior member of the team that negotiated the U.S.–China and U.S.–Taiwan bilateral agreements for accession to the World Trade Organization. He had oversight responsibility for the implementation of NAFTA. While serving as Deputy USTR, Ambassador Fisher served as Vice-Chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and as a member of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council.
Prior to joining the government, Mr. Fisher was Managing Partner for ten years of Fisher Capital Management (FCM) and Fisher Ewing Partners.
Mr. Fisher was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford. He presently serves on the Board of AT&T and on the Board of PepsiCo. He served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard from 2011-2016 where he was chair of the Finance, Administration and Management Committee and a member of the university's Inspections Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University.