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Timothy Dees Adams joined the Institute of International Finance as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He was previously the Managing Director of the Lindsey Group, a DC-based economic advisory firm with expertise in global macroeconomic affairs, founded by Lawrence Lindsey (former Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council at the White House). Mr. Adams was the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury from August 2005 to February 2007. As Under Secretary, Mr. Adams was the Administration’s point person on international financial issues, including exchange rate policy, G-7 meetings, and IMF and World Bank issues. He regularly interacted with counterparts in key emerging markets including China, India, and Brazil and traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
From 1989 to January 1993, during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, Mr. Adams took several finance-related positions, working briefly at the Export-Import Bank, the Treasury Department, and the Office of Management and Budget. His longest assignment began in late 1990 in the White House Office of Policy Development, where he worked on economic issues. In 1993, Mr. Adams went into private consulting, co-founding the G-7 Group, a political and economic research and advisory firm. He later headed their Washington operation as Managing Director. In 2000, he left to begin working full-time in Austin, Texas, for George W. Bush, in his successful campaign for the White House. Adams served as a senior member of the Bush-Cheney campaign policy staff, directing policy operations for Dick Cheney, and, after the election, leading the Treasury transition operations for the incoming Bush team.
At that point, he became Chief of Staff at Treasury, starting in January 2001 and serving up to December 2003 for both Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Treasury Secretary John Snow. He was promoted to the undersecretary position in part because of his service in the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2004. In that campaign, he was policy director for Bush-Cheney 2004.
Mr. Adams holds a B.S. in Finance and a Masters in Public Administration and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky. He is a Board member for the Atlantic Council of the United States and a member of the Atlantic Council Business and Economics Advisor Group and a former member of the Board of OPIC.