The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has named Matuschka Lindo Briggs as vice president and regional executive for the Little Rock Branch, which serves the majority of Arkansas.
She follows Robert Hopkins, who retired earlier this month after 38 years with the St. Louis Fed.
Briggs has been with the St. Louis Fed in its Treasury division since 2015. In her new role, she'll represent the St. Louis Fed with business leaders, bankers, local government officials and other stakeholders, and provide support to the Little Rock Branch's board of directors.
Briggs' family is originally from central Arkansas. Kathy Paese, first vice president of the St. Louis Fed, said Briggs' connections to the state and experience made her an excellent fit for the job.
"Matuschka’s understanding of community development issues and priorities as well as her strong communications background will serve the communities and businesses well across Arkansas," Paese said in a news release.
Briggs spent 23 years as a broadcast news reporter for outlets including ESPN and NBC affiliate TV stations in St. Louis and Des Moines. She holds a bachelor's in journalism from William Woods University in Missouri and a master's in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
"I am excited to tighten my bonds around the state with family and longtime friends,” she said in the release. "My goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities in Arkansas by engaging leaders who represent the diversity of the region. I look forward to getting involved in the community, developing great relationships and building upon Robert’s work in expanding the transparency of the Federal Reserve System."