Managing staff and setting priorities at the agency that oversees the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks brings out a slightly maternal instinct in Rita Fair.

"There are a lot of similarities between being a parent and trying to manage an organization," said Ms. Fair, who is the mother of two grown children. "I think it's always satisfying to come to a place and work with the senior managers and see them develop not only personally, but develop a team spirit."

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