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Timothy Geithner heads to CFR

Former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a distinguished fellow, the think tank has announced.

Former treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, left, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Geithner served as treasury secretary for President Obama’s entire first term, playing a key role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy, including being credited with what some considered to be controversial measures to avert economic collapse.

“Both at Treasury and at the New York Federal Reserve, Tim was a tireless, creative, and responsible custodian of the public trust. His coming to CFR only strengthens our capacity to produce thoughtful analysis of issues at the intersection of economic, political, and strategic developments,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass in a statement.

Geithner stepped down from the Obama administration Jan. 25. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2003 and 2009, worked at the International Monetary Fund. He was a CFR senior fellow in 2001, and also worked for Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Geithner begins his post later this month in CFR’s New York headquarters.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.



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