Among other things, he has focused on working with American banks toward adoption of a less-risky system of mortgage-based bonds that is popular in Europe. And he moved to a larger office, with room for sofas and photos of his favorite ski slopes around Lake Tahoe.
Mr. Kashkari, who grew up near Akron, Ohio, is a first-generation Indian-American. His parents had grown up in poverty in the Kashmir region of India before becoming an engineer and a doctor and coming to the United States.
In graduate school, he designed a solar-powered car that was driven across the country.
"I'm a free-market Republican."—Kashkari, at an American Enterprise Institute conference, Sept. 19, 2008