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MIT’s Golub Center appoints a new distinguished fellow

Laura Kodres had been a division chief at the International Monetary Fund.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management has appointed Laura Kodres as distinguished senior fellow at the Golub Center for Finance and Policy.

Ms. Kodres will teach graduate-level classes at MIT Sloan addressing financial regulation. She also will help shape and execute the center's research and educational agenda. She will report to Deborah J. Lucas, professor and director of the GCFP.

"I'm excited to join MIT Sloan and the Golub Center because its dual mandate of research and education is critical to enabling the policymakers of today to make sound decisions about the development and stability of their financial sectors," Ms. Kodres said in a news release. "I have devoted a great deal of my public-sector career to this goal and look forward to using my expertise in this new setting."

Ms. Kodres is the second recipient of this fellowship. The first recipient, Chester Spatt, held the position from 2017 to 2019 during a leave of absence from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance.

"She really is a great person for us to bring to MIT," Ms. Lucas said in a phone interview.

Ms. Kodres was a division chief at the International Monetary Fund. She also helped start two IMF regional capacity development centers: the South Asian Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center in New Delhi and the China-IMF Capacity Development Center in Beijing.

"She's been involved in high-quality financial education for policymakers," Ms. Lucas added. "Her experience leading that effort for the IMF was a big plus. We think she'll make big contributions (in those areas) here."