Heath Tarbert serves as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Markets and Development, overseeing a diverse portfolio of issues in the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs.
As Assistant Secretary, Heath 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. Heath 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. He 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, and providing technical assistance to promote private sector-led growth in over 40 partner countries. In addition to serving as Assistant Secretary, Heath is currently the acting U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank Group.
Heath 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, Heath 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.