Valerie Rainford is used to defying expectations.
She was the highest-ranked African American woman at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York when she left her role there as Senior Vice President, an accomplishment she nev
er even thought to dream of as a child. But it seemed like the natural result of a life of determination and diligence. “I was a hardworking kid who didn’t really have a choice, because I had to help out my single mom,” she said.