Mr. Adeyemo, who goes by Wally, brings a mainstream policy perspective with a background that breaks barriers. Mr. Adeyemo would be part of a history-making duo at Treasury: He would be the first Black deputy at the Treasury, serving with the first female secretary, Janet L. Yellen.
If confirmed, Mr. Adeyemo will have risen to the Treasury’s No. 2 spots from humble beginnings. Born in Nigeria, he emigrated with his parents to the United States when he was a baby and settled in Southern California outside Los Angeles. His father was a teacher, his mother a nurse. Mr. Adeyemo, 39, and his younger brother and sister grew up sharing a room in a two-bedroom apartment.
Mr. Adeyemo is among the growing numbers of Nigerian-Americans that are becoming more visible and starting to play an active role in US politics. Nigerian-Americans have established records of high educational achievements in comparison to any other ethnic group in the United States.
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