Wally Adeyemo

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Simon Chair in Political Economy

Wally Adeyemo served as deputy national security adviser for international economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, serving as President Barack Obama’s senior international economic adviser. In that capacity, he was responsible for coordinating the policymaking process related to international finance, trade and investment, energy, and environmental issues. Mr. Adeyemo also served as the president’s representative to the G7 and G20. He has held several senior management positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including senior adviser and deputy chief of staff. In that role, he advised the secretary of the treasury on a range of issues, including international economics and financial regulation. Mr. Adeyemo served as the Treasury Department’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s provisions on macroeconomic policy and worked extensively with Congress and international counterparts to advance the president’s agenda. After the passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, Mr. Adeyemo served as the first chief of staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In that capacity, he helped to build the bureau’s initial executive leadership team and served as a member of the CFPB Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Adeyemo was an editor for the Hamilton Project, a program at the Brookings Institution focused on advancing public policy proposals that contribute to long-term economic growth. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Yale Law School.