Janet Yellen, born on August 13, 1946, received a Ph.D. from Yale university in 1971. Yellen started her academic career as an assistant professor at Harvard University and later joined the faculty of University of California, Berkley's Haas School of Business. Yellen eventually left academia for the policy world, where she has served as Chief Economic Adviser to President Clinton, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve
Board of Governors. (She also worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve in 1977-1978.)
Yellen is married to Nobel-Prize-winning economist George Akerlof.