Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo is the president of the Obama Foundation and a senior advisor at both BlackRock and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served in numerous positions in the Obama administration, including Senior International Economic Adviser to the Treasury Department. During his work at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, he helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and acted as the Treasury Department’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 
Wally Adeyemo is an economist and former Senior International Economic Adviser to President Barack Obama. He is a senior advisor at BlackRock, an investment management corporation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. 
Wally Adeyemo was named the first president of the Chicago-based Obama Foundation in August 2019.  As president, he oversees many of the foundation’s programs and initiatives, including the Obama Fellowship, Obama Scholars, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and the Girls Opportunity Alliance. 
Adeyemo is also working to develop the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, on Chicago’s South Side. With an expected cost of $500 million to build, the project has already created controversy, as many local residents are worried about displacement and rising property taxes. 
The Foundation has rejected the proposed “Community Benefits Agreement (CBA),” that would protect housing and jobs for people who live near the center.  This agreement was backed by a local coalition of left-wing organizations whose members include groups like the Chicago Teachers Union, the South Side Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Friends of the Parks, and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. 
Wally Adeyemo held several positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. He helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011, and acted as its first Chief of Staff. 
Adeyemo worked on a range of international economic issues, and acted as the Treasury Department’s chief negotiator for the macroeconomic policy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Though TPP had supporters in both parties, it did not pass Congress in 2016. 
In 2015, former President Obama appointed Adeyemo as Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy director of the National Economic Council (NEC). He served as Obama’s Senior International Economic Adviser, and attended the G7 and G20 summits.