Adewale “Wally” currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation. Formerly senior advisor at the Blackrock and the center for strategic and International studies, Adeyemo was appointed by President Obama in 2015 as his senior international economics advisor. In this capacity he was the deputy national security advisor for international economics and the deputy director of the National Economic Council, representing the president then and the country at the G7 and the G20 summits.
His time prior to government service was spent as an editor at the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, a program that focused on crafting policy proposals for long-term and inclusive economic growth. At the Obama Foundation, he continues to build the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago while drastically increasing its leadership, development and, civic engagement initiatives including the Community Leadership Corps, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and the Girls Opportunity Alliance.
Adeyemo is the son of Nigerian Immigrants who went to the U.S. seeking to give him and his siblings a chance at a better life. He would attend the University of Carlifornia at Berkley, obtaining a bachelor of arts degree before being accepted to Yale Law School where he would earn his Juris Doctor. This education and his instilled work ethic would lead him to his impressive career culminating in his service in multiple powerful positions directly under the then President of the United States.
He works to ensure a more just and equitable economy by focusing on initiatives bringing new generation of leaders to the forefront of the world’s political and socioeconomic landscape.
Congratulations on your achievements Adewally!!