Heath P. Tarbert

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Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Investment Policy
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Dr. Heath P. Tarbert was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Markets and Investment Policy on October 10, 2017. 

As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Tarbert oversees a diverse portfolio of issues in Treasury’s Office of International Affairs.  He focuses on investment security, supporting the work of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to promote U.S. investments while protecting national security.  He also manages U.S. relations with multilateral development banks and international organizations (e.g., World Bank, Paris Club) established to foster economic growth, eliminate extreme poverty, and promote sustainable levels of sovereign debt.  Dr. Tarbert advances U.S. interests in multilateral fora (e.g., Financial Stability Board, G-20, IMF, OECD) on financial stability and regulatory issues while promoting growth and negotiating trade agreements that level the playing field for U.S. firms.  His policy focus also includes monitoring investments in energy, infrastructure and the environment.  In addition to serving as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Tarbert served as acting U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank Group from 2017-18.

Dr. Tarbert was most recently a partner at the international law firm of Allen & Overy LLP, where he was a leader in its global regulatory practice.  He previously served in all three branches of the U.S. Government, including as Special Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and as a law clerk to Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

In addition to his government service, Dr. Tarbert has served as the Chairman of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Systemically Important Financial Institutions, Legal Adviser to the Systemic Risk Council, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems, Deputy Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, and a member of The Bretton Woods Committee.  Dr. Tarbert is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). 

Dr. Tarbert was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.  He earned his BS from Mount St. Mary’s University, his JD and SJD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his DPhil from Oxford University where he was a Thouron Scholar.


Last Updated: 7/3/2018 1:11 PM