At a Glance
- Career History:
Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
, Treasury Department; Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General,
; Trial Attorney, Justice Department
- Alma Mater: Harvard College, 1995; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1999
Path to Power
Szubin is the son of Laurie Szubin and Rabbi Zvi Henry Szubin. His father was a professor of Jewish law and comparative legal studies and his mother worked in the medical profession.
Szubin's academic career was marked by excellence. He attended Harvard College as a Fulbright scholar, graduating magna cum laude in 1995, and went on to earn his law degree from the school in 1999 cum laude. While in law school, Szubin was awarded a Heyman Fellowship, which provides grants and loan repayment assistance to graduates who are on track for government service.
OFAC's operations are part of the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (OTI), a unit established by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks that works closely with the U.S intelligence community to unravel the financial networks of terror groups and other rogue entities. The classified information and analysis gathered within the OTI becomes the basis for the enforcement actions that are taken by OFAC in the financial sector.
OFAC's ability to seize and confiscate assets is a happy byproduct of America's preeminent position in global finance. Because so many of the world's banking transactions are routed through the U.S., OFAC's actions can have a devastating impact on the balance sheets of groups far from America's shores.
Szubin worked with former boss, Stuart Levey, and now David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
Federal Election Commission records indicate Szubin has never contributed to a political campaign.