September 2006 Meeting
Fiona Sigalla joined the Dallas Fed's Research Department in 1988. As a member of the department's regional group, she helps prepare briefing material for the Bank president prior to Federal Open Market Committee meetings.
As a part of these duties, Sigalla is responsible for production and writing of the Beige Book, which surveys approximately 100 businesses representing every major regional industry and helps the Federal Reserve monitor the status of the regional economy. This survey is a useful supplement to published regional statistics because it is often more timely, in depth and forward looking.
Sigalla heads the team that produces the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey and writes the monthly release. She also conducts economic research and is a regular contributor to Research Department publications, including Southwest Economy.
Sigalla received a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Washington in 1983 and an M.S. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1985.