Brent McIntosh

Brent McIntosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics and Finance at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he focuses on significant economic and financial policy challenges facing the United States and the world.

From 2019 until 2021, McIntosh served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, where he led the Treasury Department’s engagement in the G7 and G20, represented the United States on the Financial Stability Board, managed U.S. participation at the IMF and World Bank, and coordinated Treasury’s international economic and financial policy work. As Under Secretary, he chaired a multilateral project to respond to the growing prevalence of digital assets, and he oversaw the most extensive reform of the U.S. investment security screening regime in its four-decade history. During 2020, he led several successful initiatives to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic harms.

From 2017 to 2019, McIntosh served as Treasury’s General Counsel, leading the department’s approximately 2,000 lawyers and spearheading its regulatory reform efforts. Prior to that, he was a partner in the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where his practice focused on complex disputes involving financial institutions and multinational corporations. He was co-head of the firm’s cybersecurity practice.

McIntosh served in the White House from 2006 until 2009, first as Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office and then as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary. Before that, he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department. At both the White House Counsel’s Office and the Justice Department, McIntosh’s work focused primarily on national security matters, including intelligence reform in the wake of 9/11.

McIntosh holds an AB in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and a JD from Yale Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he was a law clerk to two federal appellate judges, Dennis Jacobs of the Second Circuit and Laurence H. Silberman of the DC Circuit. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Reagan Institute Strategy Group.

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