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Neal S. Wolin

Neal Wolin
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)
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
Personal details
Born (1961-12-09) December 9, 1961
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Yale University
Balliol College, Oxford

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, pending 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 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Wolin was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. His father was a lawyer; and his mother worked for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago as a director of the Israel Experience, a program that assists young Jews to visit Israel.[3] Wolin graduated with a B.A. in history, graduating summa cum laude from Yale University.[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.[3]


Neal Steven Wolin received a B.A. summa cum laude in history, from Yale College; a Master of Science in Development Economics from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was a Coker Teaching Fellow.

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]


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin Departing Treasury After More Than Four Years of Service". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Washington Post: "Neal S. Wolin - Deputy Treasury Secretary (since May 2009)" retrieved January 14, 2013
  4. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Nicole Elkon, Neal Wolin" June 01, 2003

2. "Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin resigning"

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
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