I am Ralph Bryant, a new resident of Building 5. I come from a longstanding home base in nearby Chevy Chase Maryland.
I was born in Colorado and spent my boyhood in that state until my parents and brother and I moved to North Carolina. I went to high school in North Carolina and New Hampshire. I was a college undergraduate at Yale University, went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, then received a PhD in Economics from Yale in 1966.
My professional career has been in several subfields of Economics, especially international economics. My first jobs were at the Federal Reserve Board, culminating in being head of the international side of the staff. A highly beneficial aspect for me of coming to Ingleside is to be able to reenergize friendships with several former Fed colleagues. In 1975 I left the Federal Reserve to join the Brookings Institution as a Senior Fellow. Subsequent years since then have been based at Brookings, interspersed with visiting posts at foreign central banks and universities.
I have participated in many other institutions and groups. For example, I was a trustee at Sidwell Friends School for many years, and Chair of the Board in the late 1990s. I am a longstanding member of the Bethesda Friends (Quaker) Meeting.
My last book was published by Brookings in December 2020. Its title, quirky but easy to remember, is Governance for a Higgledy-Piggledy Planet. The subtitle is Crafting a Balance between Local Autonomy and External Openness.
My beloved wife, Coralie Bryant, is too ill to live with me at Ingleside. I have three wonderful daughters, one living in Europe and two in the surrounding area here. Altogether I have five grandchildren – all fabulous.