President-elect Biden to appoint Nigerian-born Adeyemo as Deputy Treasury Secretary
US President-Elect, Joe Biden, is set to declare the appointment of a Nigerian-born lawyer, Adewale Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary.
According to the report, Adeyemo’s appointment is one of many significant cabinet positions Biden is expected to declare in the coming days as he gets ready to start his job at the White House.
Adeyemo, who previously served as a senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration, will serve under former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who Biden will appoint to be in charge of the US Treasury Department.
Born in Nigeria, Adeyemo grew up in California where he received a bachelor’s degree before proceeding to Yale Law School.
Prior to his appointment into the Obama administration, Adeyemo worked as an editor at the Hamilton Project, and subsequently served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to Jack Lew in the US Department of Treasury.
Later on, he worked as the main negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and served as the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under former presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren.
Back in 2015, he was chosen to simultaneously serve as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council.
Once appointed, the 39-year-old Nigerian will have occupied the highest level a Nigerian-American has ever reached in the USA Government in the 244 years history of the country.