Robert Lancaster

Robert Lancaster

Former Director of Treasury Services, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Bob has served in several leadership positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond over the past 20 years. Most recently, he has served as a leader and strategic partner in the multi-year effort to transfer Treasury program responsibilities to another Federal Reserve Bank, which is consolidating Treasury services from ten Banks to four. In this role, Bob has focused on maintaining staff morale in times of uncertainty, supporting staff members’ career goals and identifying job opportunities, and counseling and coaching staff through job eliminations. As Director of Treasury Services, Bob managed a cross-functional team of managers, program and project managers, business analysts, quality assurance staff, financial analysts, and IT support to deliver quality product and end-user support services.
Most importantly, related to the mission of the VABLN, Bob has been deeply involvement in diversity and inclusion efforts at the Bank. He founded the Ability Beyond the Label (ABLe) employee resource network in January 2011, and served as chair for two years. In 2012, Bob solicited support from several state agencies and led an ADA assessment of the Bank’s facilities, resulting in improvement opportunities to make the Bank more disability-friendly and accessible. He also coordinated the development of the Strategy for Recruitment and Hiring of Persons with Disabilities, a collaborative effort with ABLe, Human Resources and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to attract and retain qualified talent to the Bank by increasing opportunities and access to open positions. In 2016, the Bank received the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Capital District Champions Award in recognition of their efforts to promote an inclusive work place, which included hiring three DARS clients and creating two unique internship positions.
In addition to serving as VABLN Secretary, Bob has served as business advisor on the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) Advisory Council, Virginia Commonwealth University, since February 2014. He previously served on the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006 as Treasurer. Bob and his wife, Terri, have two daughters. Sarah, who has Down syndrome, is enrolled in VCU’s Ace-IT in College program and graduates in December 2017. Her sister, Grace, was adopted from Kazakhstan.