Valerie J. Van Meter, ’04 (XP-73)

Retired Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Val Van Meter

Van Meter was a member of the Chicago Reserve Bank’s executive committee where she led the central bank services division, which included discount window lending, payments system risk, reserve accounting, and statistical and financial reporting. In addition, she had responsibility for the Federal Reserve System’s Senior Leadership Development Initiative.

Van Meter was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1993, holding various management positions in central bank services, the customer relations and support office, and the Detroit branch. She also served as the bank’s first chief diversity officer, chief financial officer, and secretary to the Conference of Presidents. Prior to 1993, she held various official positions with California Federal Bank and First Interstate Bank of California. Van Meter began her career at the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1978.

Van Meter has a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and School of Bank Marketing. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She was a director of Junior Achievement of Chicago, a member of the honorary advisory board of the Student Veterans of American, a member of Chicago United’s Leaders Council, and a member of the board of directors for Chicago Scholars.  

Van Meter cofounded the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative (FSP), a funders collaborative dedicated to increasing the representation of Latinos and African-Americans, at all levels, within the Chicago-area financial services industry. Since its inception in 2013, the FSP has grown from five to 20 member firms. She continues to support the FSP as a consultant and project manager. 

Van Meter is a Certified Diversity Executive, holds the designation of National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow, and has been certified as a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory.

In 2012, Van Meter received an honor from Chicago State University as a “Woman in the Business of Transforming Lives” and was recognized by Chicago United as its “Most Valuable Partner.” She is also a member of the 2013 cohort of Chicago United’s “Business Leaders of Color.”

Van Meter is the proud mom of two adult sons, both of whom are happy, healthy, and contributing members of society. She and her husband of over 30 years now reside on the central coast of California.