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Sarah Hammer

Adjunct Professor of Law

Sarah Hammer

Sarah Hammer is the Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy at the United States Department of the Treasury.  In this role, she leads and directs the Department’s policy responsibilities involving financial institutions, as well as new activity authorities designated to the Treasury Secretary.  She also assists the Treasury Secretary in fulfilling responsibilities as a member of various entities, including the Board of the Securities Investment Protection Corporation and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  Ms. Hammer is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching an upper-level juris doctor course on the transformation of the financial sector.  She has also been an executive education instructor at the Wharton School, teaching an advanced course on capital markets.  Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Ms. Hammer held various leadership positions in throughout financial services in management, portfolio management, trading, marketing, research, and analytics at the Vanguard Group, PIMCO, JP Morgan Chase, BlackRock, and Tudor Investments.  
Ms. Hammer is also a licensed attorney and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  While in law school, she worked for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and in the finance practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. 
Ms. Hammer earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Studies from Oxford University.  At Oxford, she wrote her dissertation on the legal rights of children.  She is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and was selected for Global Board Ready Women.  She has lived and/or worked in the Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


  • Transformation of the Financial Sector

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