A Nigerian-born lawyer and former international economic adviser in the Obama era, Adewale Adeyemo has been nominated by United States President-elect Joe Biden as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury.

Who is Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo

Adeyemo has spent his career working with organizations that are at the intersection of public policy, the private sector, and non-profit organizations that focus on creating economic opportunity. He currently serves as president of the Obama Foundation and provides advice on business strategy, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics to the CSIS Economics Program. She also advises legislators, business leaders, and nonprofits on a variety of topics including economic development, trade and investment, and strategies to address economic inequality.

Named deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the National Economic Council by President Obama in 2015, Adeyemo served as the president’s chief international economic adviser. He was responsible for coordinating the policy formulation process on international finance, trade and investment, energy, and environmental issues. He has also served as the president’s representative to the G7 and G20. Prior to this, Wally held various managerial positions in the US Department of the Treasury, including senior advisor and deputy chief of staff, as well as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions on macroeconomic policy.

Adeyemo was also the first Chief of Staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Office. In that capacity, he helped hire the office’s initial executive leadership team and build an agency dedicated to protecting American consumers. She is also a member of various boards and organizations, including the Aspen Strategy Group, the Demos board, and the board of the Golden State Opportunity Foundation.

Raised east of Los Angeles, California, Adeyemo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Yale Law School.