President Barack Obama recently selected a son of the Inland Empire, Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, to serve as his Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs.
Thirty-four year old Adeyemo joined the White House’s National Economic Council as a director this fall from the Treasury Department, where he previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Jacob Lew.
In a statement released by President Obama in support of this selection he commented, “At the Treasury Department, he [Adeyemo ] was part of the team that helped coordinate our response to the global recession, laying the foundation for renewed growth at home and abroad. He helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and he’s been our point person on a range of international economic issues, including negotiations on strong currency agreements around the Trans Pacific Partnership.” He continued, “I will be calling on Wally’s intellect, judgment and dedication as we sustain America’s global economic leadership which reinforces our national security; and, as we work with allies and partners around the world to create jobs and opportunity for all our people.”
Adeyemo’s appointment was praised by several high profile government officials including Secretary Lew who told a Wall Street Journal reporter how Mr. Adeyemo had, “developed a network of international relationships in economic offices around the world to promote U.S. interests effectively.” And, former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner called Adeyemo “a natural diplomat with a great feel for policy.”
Adeyemo has held a number of key Treasury positions since 2009. Included among them—Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Secretary. In addition, he served as Chief of Staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010 to 2011. His breadth of experience also includes time as editor for the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2009.
Adeyemo earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and J.D. from the Yale School of Law.