Michael Barr

University of Michigan, Former Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Institutions

Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and the Faculty Director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and previously, at the Brookings Institution. He served under President Obama from 2009–2010 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. In the Clinton Administration, Barr served as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Community Development Policy, Special Assistant to the Treasury Secretary, and Special Advisor and Counselor on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department. During the 1993 October Term, he was a law clerk for Associate Justice David H. Souter. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School; an M. Phil in International Relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar; and his B.A., summa cum laude, with Honors in History, from Yale University.