United States’ President-elect, Joe Biden, names a Nigerian-American, Adewale Adeyemo, to his cabinet to serve as deputy secretary of the Treasury.
Adeyemo will be the deputy to Janet Yellen, previously nominated to serve as the first woman Treasury Secretary.
When confirmed, the Nigerian-born will also be making history as the first black person to occupy the position.
President-elect, Joe Biden, names a Nigerian-American, Adewale Adeyemo, to his cabinet to serve as deputy secretary of the Treasury, the first black person to hold the positionTweet
Adeyemo is the first president of the Obama Foundation, after serving the Obama Administration in a dual capacity.
In the Obama Presidency, he served concurrently as Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economics Council.
Adewale has prior Treasury experience, having been a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
He is firmly entrenched in the US Democratic Party and has worked with notable major players including:
- John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential Campaign where he was Director of African American Outreach, and
- Elizabeth Warren’s leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (serving as her first chief of staff).
Other high profile positions he has held include chief negotiator for the Trans-Atlantic Partnership and as editor at the Hamilton Project.
At 78, former Vice President Biden made history as the oldest person to win a presidential contest, subduing loquacious incumbent Donald Trump in popular and decisive electoral college votes.