Camarillo, Calif., Jan 16, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host Gary Zimmerman, Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Salon on the CI campus. Zimmerman’s presentation, “The Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Federal Reserve Monetary Policy,” is open to the public by reservation.

Facilitated by CI’s Planned Giving Advisory Council, the event includes a continental breakfast, economic outlook presentation, reception, campus tour, and parking. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at or by contacting Catherine Sanchez at 805-437-3701 or Once on campus for the event, participants should follow signs for shuttles and parking.

Zimmerman joined the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 1973. As an economist, his research, analysis, and outreach activities support both the Economic Research and Public Information Departments. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the FDIC’s San Francisco Regional Economist.

Zimmerman’s research has focused on economic and banking topics in the 12th
District, which includes the nine western states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington — plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is the Federal Reserve’s largest district, ranking first in the size of its economy.

Zimmerman has written articles on the regional economy, the high-tech sector in the West, and the cyclical behavior of industries like high-tech, aerospace, and construction. Other published research has covered community bank performance, banking industry competition, and foreign banking activities in California.

Zimmerman earned his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Cal State East Bay (Hayward). He also has been a guest professor at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Economics University of Vienna) in Austria. Prior to that, he lectured on banking and financial institutions at the Graduate School of Business at Cal State University, Hayward.

“We are thrilled to have Gary Zimmerman join us again for a third year,” said Howard Smith, member of CI’s Planned Giving Advisory Council and Chair of the event. “He’s one of the best presenters on the economy. He has the great ability to articulate in layman’s terms what has happened to the economy in the past year and where the Fed thinks the economy is going in the coming year in terms of interest rates. Anyone in business would benefit from his presentation.”

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