Timothy D. Adams

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Timothy D. Adams
Timothy Adams, official portrait
Timothy Adams
President and CEO of the Institute of International Finance and former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
In office
2 August 2005 – 2007
President George W. Bush
Personal details
Born Timothy Dees Adams
31 October 1961 (age 51)
Murray, Kentucky
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Kentucky

Timothy Dees Adams (born 31 October 1961, Murray, Kentucky [1]), usually referred to as Tim Adams, is President and CEO of the Institute of International Finance and former Under Secretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of the Treasury.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Kentucky, Adams also completed his education there, obtaining degrees from the University of Kentucky.[3] He holds a B.S. in Finance and a Masters degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

In the period 1989 to January 1993, during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, Adams took several finance-related positions, working briefly at the Export-Import Bank, the Treasury Department, and the Office of Management and Budget. His longest assignment began in late 1990 in the White House Office of Policy Development, where he worked on economic issues.[3]

In 1993, Adams went into private consulting, co-founding a firm which describes itself as a "political and economic research and advisory firm."[4]

In 2000, he left that to begin working full-time in Austin, Texas, for Bush's son, George W. Bush, in the latter's successful campaign for the White House. Adams' official biography at the Treasury describes his 2000 role as a "senior member" of the Bush-Cheney campaign policy staff, directing policy operations for Dick Cheney, and, after the election, leading the Treasury transition operations for the incoming Bush team.[3]

At that point, he became Chief of Staff at Treasury, starting in January 2001 and serving up to December 2003.

He was promoted to the undersecretary position in part because of his service in the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2004.[5] In that campaign, he was policy director for Bush-Cheney 2004.[3]

The Bush White House announced his nomination to the undersecretary position on March 23, 2005. The nomination was sent to the Senate April 6, and he was confirmed July 29, 2005, beginning work a few days later on August 2.[6]

He submitted his resignation via letter to George W. Bush on February 2, 2007, to be effective after "assuring a smooth transition for his successor."[3] His resignation stated he wanted to spend more time with his wife and three young children.[7]

In 2013, Adams was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[8]


  1. ^ "Adams, Timothy Dees, 1961-" at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ "Tim Adams appointed to succeed Charles Dallara as IIF Managing Director". Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Official Biography of Timothy D. Adams published by U.S. Department of the Treasury. Accessed February 2, 2007.
  4. ^ G7 Group official website. Accessed February 2, 2007.
  5. ^ Who is Treasury under secretary for international affairs? by Felix Salmon, Tuesday, December 13, 2005. Accessed February 2, 2007.
  6. ^ Presidential Nomination: Timothy D. Adams Accessed February 2, 2007.
  7. ^ "US Treasury's Adams resigns for family reasons" Reuters news report February 2, 2007, published in Washington Post. Accessed February 2, 2007.
  8. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/28/the-pro-freedom-republicans-are-coming-131-sign-gay-marriage-brief.html