Neal S. Wolin

Neal Wolin
Chair of the Intelligence Oversight Board
Assumed office
May 24, 2015
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Dan Meltzer
United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
January 25, 2013  February 28, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Timothy Geithner
Succeeded by Jack Lew
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
In office
May 18, 2009  August 31, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Robert Kimmitt
Succeeded by Mary Miller (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1961-12-09) December 9, 1961
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Yale University (BA, JD)
Balliol College, Oxford (MS)

Neal Steven Wolin (born December 9, 1961)[1] is the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and was the acting United States Secretary of the Treasury, prior to the confirmation of Jack Lew, President Obama's nominee to succeed previous secretary Timothy Geithner.

On July 22, 2013, the White House announced that Mr. Wolin would resign effective the end of August 2013. The Treasury Department later released its own statement.[2]

Wolin was nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2009 and confirmed in May 2009. Prior to his confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy in the Obama White House.

Wolin previously spent eight years serving in the Clinton administration, including as general counsel and deputy general counsel at the Treasury and on the staff of the United States National Security Council.

Early life and education

Wolin was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Evanston Township High School. His father, Harry S. Wolin, was a lawyer; and his mother, Doris Wolin, was a former public school teacher and graduate student in political science at the University of Chicago. His sister, Karen, graduated summa cum laude from Brown University and is a retired physician. [3]

Wolin graduated with a B.A. in history, graduating summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was President of the Yale Political Union.[3] He then earned a M.S. in development economics from Oxford University as a Charles and Julia Henry Fellow; and then earned a J.D. from Yale University, where he was a Coker Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law.[3]


After law school, Wolin served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson in Brooklyn, New York and taught as an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. Wolin also worked at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

From 1999 to January 2001, Wolin served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury under Secretary Lawrence Summers. He served as the Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury from 1995 to 1999 under Secretary Robert Rubin. In January 2001, Summers gave Wolin the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor awarded to a Treasury official. In January 2013, Wolin was awarded a second Alexander Hamilton Award by Secretary Timothy Geithner.

He previously served in the Clinton White House as the Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council. Wolin has also served as Special Assistant to three Directors of Central Intelligence: William H. Webster, Robert Gates, and R. James Woolsey, Jr. He also worked as executive assistant for National Security Advisor Anthony Lake and Deputy National Security Advisor Sandy Berger.

In early 2001, Wolin was a visiting fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct assistant professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In March 2001, he joined The Hartford Financial Services Group as executive vice president and general counsel, with responsibility for the company's legal, government affairs, tax, communications, and marketing. In 2007, he became the president and chief operating officer of the company's property and casualty insurance subsidiaries.

Wolin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Personal life

In 2003, he married Nicole Louise Elkon at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton, New York.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Kimmitt
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Mary Miller
Preceded by
Timothy Geithner
United States Secretary of the Treasury

Succeeded by
Jack Lew
Government offices
Preceded by
Dan Meltzer
Chair of the Intelligence Oversight Board
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