Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo was nominated for the role of deputy treasury secretary to the united states government some days ago and as of today its now been made official.
AFP reports that Adeyemo, a former deputy national security advisor and current president of the Obama Foundation non-profit, would be the first African-American in that role.
and likely be tasked with breaking the deadlock over aid in Washington, should lawmakers
not come to an agreement before Biden’s January inauguration.
“We face great challenges as a country right now. To recover, we must restore the
American dream — a society where each person can rise to their potential and dream
even bigger for their children,” Yellen tweeted.
“As Treasury Secretary, I will work every day towards rebuilding that dream for all.”
Other officials announced on Monday include veterans of former president Barack Obama’s
administration, several of which the Biden transition team noted would break racial barriers in their positions.
“As we get to work to control the virus, this is the team that will deliver immediate
economic relief for the American people during this economic crisis and help us build
our economy back better than ever,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden’s other nominations include Neera Tanden, president of liberal think tank Center for
American Progress, as head the Office of Management and Budget. If confirmed, she would
be its first South Asian head.
Also tapped was Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Cecilia
Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, the first African American in that post.
Adewale Adeyemo Career History
Adewale Adeyemo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s
of arts, before moving to Yale Law School, where he bagged his Juris Doctor for further
studies in specialized law.
While at Yale, he was the co-director, project on law and education for the university.
Before his appointment as the President of Obama Foundation, Adeyemo was the deputy
chief of staff at the department of the treasury, a position he held for three years.
He has served in various positions at treasury, including senior advisor to the chief of staff
and deputy executive secretary.
Adeyemo also worked as the chief of staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010 to 2011.
He was an editor for the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2009.