Clay Lowery

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Simon Chair in Political Economy and William A. Schreyer Chair

Clay Lowery is a vice president at Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy advisory firm, where he focuses on international financial regulation, sovereign debt, exchange rates, and investment policy. He is currently advising multinational companies, financial institutions, and trade associations on these matters. Mr. Lowery served as assistant secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he managed a 200-person team responsible for economic and financial diplomacy, monetary and banking issues, currency strategy, and trade and investment practices. He chaired the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the government committee that reviews international mergers and acquisitions that may affect national security interests. He was the point person on U.S. policy toward sovereign wealth funds; served as the finance deputy to the G20, G7, International Monetary Fund, and the Financial Stability Forum; and was appointed by the president at various times to be the U.S. representative to the boards of the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank. During his 15 years of government service, Mr. Lowery held positions with the Treasury Department, including as Paris Club debt negotiator and deputy assistant secretary for debt and development finance; the National Security Council, as director of international finance; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as vice president for markets and sector assessments. After his government service, Mr. Lowery was vice president for international government affairs with Cisco Systems and managing director for the Glover Park Group. Mr. Lowery is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and serves on the Policy Advisory Board at the European Institute. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in international finance and a lecturer at the National War College. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.Sc. at the London School of Economics. In 2009, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Prize, the highest U.S. Treasury Department honor.