Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, a Nigerian-born attorney and former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration, was named by Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States to serve as deputy Treasury secretary under former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who Biden plans to appoint to lead the Treasury Department.

Adewale Adeyemo is currently the President of the Obama Foundation. He previously served as the first Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics from 2015-2016, and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. This will be the HIGHEST LEVEL a Nigerian-American has reached in the USA Government in the 244 years history of the United States of America.

Adewale Adeyemo

Wally who is 39 years old, was raised east of Los Angeles, California and is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and Yale Law School. Wally Adeyemo has spent his career working with organizations that are at the intersection of public policy, the private sector, and nonprofits that are focused on creating economic opportunity. He currently serves as president at the Obama Foundation and provides advice on business strategy, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics to the CSIS Economics Program.

Appointed as deputy national security advisor and deputy director of the National Economic Council by President Obama in 2015, Wally served as the president’s senior international economic advisor. Prior to this, Wally held several management positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, as well as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s provisions on macroeconomic policy. Wally also served as the first chief of staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In that capacity, he helped to hire the bureau’s initial executive leadership team and build an agency devoted to protecting U.S. consumers.

Wally Adeyemo

Wally is now a member of several boards and organizations including the Aspen Strategy Group, the board of Demos, and the board of the Golden State Opportunity Foundation. 

This article was first published at CSIS, HERE.

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