Lynn Smith Fox

Lynn Smith Fox has a professional background in public policy and strategic leadership communications, serving as a senior official of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (www.federalreserve.gov ) until her 2012 retirement.  She also has twenty years of volunteer experience in the non-profit sector and in higher education.

At the Board of Governors Ms. Fox was Deputy Congressional Liaison prior to becoming Director of the Office of Board Members and Assistant Secretary to the Federal Open Market Committee, where she acted as chief spokesperson for Chairman Alan Greenspan.  In addition to overseeing the Board’s media and public information functions she served as a Board liaison to the twelve Federal Reserve Banks and was a member of the Staff Management Committee.  During Chairman Ben Bernanke’s tenure Ms. Fox served as Senior Adviser with a portfolio of projects related to internal management and communications.  She spent one week a month in Washington and telecommuted, first from Canton, Missouri and then from Canton, New York where her husband Dr. William L. Fox worked as a college president.   The Foxes are now in their fifth year at St Lawrence University.

Ms. Fox’s service to higher education a term as President of the Smith College Alumnae Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an independent endowment.  She has also served as Smith College trustee and was a member of the search committee that recruited Smith’s new president, Dr. Kathleen McCartney.  She is currently a member of Smith’s Volunteer Leadership Corps. 

As a presidential spouse Ms. Fox organized a community renewal program in Missouri which included obtaining state funds for refurbishing a 19th century opera house, created a retail outlet for local crafts, and worked on a community improvement master plan.   She served as a board member of the Quincy, Illinois Arts Center and worked with the St Louis Federal Reserve Bank to launch a financial education program involving college students.  At St Lawrence University she works with trustees on a program of outreach to women with active professional and volunteer networks, is a member of the Canton Community Fund board (http://www.cantoncommunityfund.org ), a volunteer with United Helpers (http://www.unitedhelpers.org ), and serves on the board of The Wild Center (www.thewildcenter.org), a natural history museum in the Adirondacks.

Born in Spartanburg, SC, Ms. Fox attended Wofford College and graduated with honors from Smith College. She has an MBA from George Washington University where she was awarded a University Fellowship.  The Foxes have one daughter, Hallie, a graduate of Middlebury College (’09) and Stanford University (’13) who works in K-12 education.