76th Secretary of the Treasury
Keynote Closing Speaker
Jacob J. Lew served as the 76th Secretary of the Treasury from 2013 to 2017 under the Obama Administration. Prior to this role, he served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff, after serving as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mr. Lew first joined the Obama Administration as deputy secretary of state for management and resources.
Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Lew served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for two different Citigroup business units. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New York University and a professor of public administration.
From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Lew served in President Clinton’s cabinet as OMB Director. From 1993 to 1994, while he served as special assistant to President Clinton, he helped design AmeriCorps, the national service program.
From 1979 to 1987, Mr. Lew was a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., serving as his liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to extend the solvency of Social Security in 1983.
Mr. Lew has served on a number of boards, including that of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project. He previously co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Lew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.