Sandra Pianalto

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Sandra Pianalto
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Occupation CEO
Employer University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc

Sandra Pianalto is an economist. Previously, she served as the 10th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She took office on Feb. 1, 2003 and left in 2014. In 2007 she served as an alternate member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).[1]

She currently serves as the CEO of University Hospitals Health System, Inc.[2]

She joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 1983 as an economist in the research department. She was appointed assistant vice president of public affairs in 1984, vice president and secretary to the board of directors in 1988, and first vice president and chief operating officer in 1993. She assumed her position as president in 2003. Before joining the Bank, Pianalto was an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and served on the staff of the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pianalto is active in the Fourth District's civic community. She serves on the boards of directors of many community organizations, including The Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, University Hospitals Health System, United Way Services of Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, and the Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy.[3]


Pianalto was born on Aug. 4, 1954 in Valli del Pasubio, Italy.


Pianalto earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Akron and a master's degree in Economics from The George Washington University. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and holds honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from the University of Akron, Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State University, and Ursuline College. Pianalto also received an honorary doctor of business administration degree from Cleveland State University.[4]


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  4. Sandra Pianalto, President and Chief Executive Officer. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.