As Assistant Secretary, Heath Tarbert oversees a diverse portfolio of issues in the Treasury Department’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. 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. In addition to serving as Assistant Secretary, Heath was the acting U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank Group from 2017-18.
Before his nomination to be Assistant Secretary, Tarbert served at senior levels in all three branches of the U.S. government: Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee during the negotiations leading to the Dodd-Frank Act; Associate Counsel to the President of the United States during the global financial crisis; and law clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States. He was subsequently a partner in the international law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Allen & Overy LLP.
From 2014-17, Tarbert served as a non-resident senior fellow of Harvard Law School’s Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS). In January 2017, he was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.