5 Things To Know About Adewale 'Wally' Adeyemo, Biden's Historic Treasury Department Pick

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris continue to assemble a cabinet and senior leadership team that will mark the return of professionalism to the nation's highest offices.

The teams are slated to be among the most diverse administrations in American history. 

Biden’s nomination of Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo for the role of Deputy Secretary of the Treasury fills both of those goals. 

Here are five things you should know about him.

If confirmed, Adeyemo will be the first Black man to occupy the number two role at the Treasury.

His nomination is historic for both the United States and Nigeria

He will also be the highest-ranking Nigerian American ever to serve in the U.S. government.

Wally attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was president of the Associated Students of the University of California.

He made a name for himself at Berkeley and Yale

He obtained a law degree from Yale where he earned the John Fletcher Caskey Prize for Best Presentation of a case on final trial in the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union.

He worked as deputy chief of staff for the Department of the Treasury.

He was a major voice in economic and foreign policy for President Obama

He later served as chief of staff for Elizabeth Warren when she helped create and led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Adeyemo was a leading figure in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

One of Adeyemo’s biggest and most controversial achievements was helping to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The trade deal involved several countries including the U.S. Canada, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

Adeyemo was chosen to be president of the Barack Obama Foundation.

He’s been in charge of Barack Obama’s legacy

If confirmed to his new role, he will help Obama’s former vice president craft his own economic legacy for the country.

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