Sarah Bloom Raskin
Sarah Bloom Raskin
|United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury|
March 19, 2014 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Mary J. Miller (acting)|
Neal S. Wolin
|Succeeded by||Justin Muzinich|
|Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors|
October 4, 2010 – March 13, 2014
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Succeeded by||Marvin Goodfriend (nominee)|
April 15, 1961
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Amherst College (BA)|
Harvard University (JD)
Sarah Bloom Raskin (born April 15, 1961) is an American attorney and regulator, who was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Previously, she served as Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. She is currently a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University.
Early life and education
Raskin was born Sarah Bloom to a Jewish family in Medford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Arlene (née Perlis) and Herbert Bloom. She holds a Juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Amherst College, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on monetary policy. She is a 1979 alumna of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Ill. Raskin was honored with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Muhlenberg College on May 19th, 2019.[]
Raskin worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter and as counsel for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Prior to serving as Commissioner, she was a Managing Director at the Promontory Financial Group. Raskin also served as chief financial regulator for Maryland.
President Obama nominated Raskin to the Federal Reserve Board along with fellow nominees Dr. Janet Yellen, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor Peter A. Diamond. Raskin and Yellen were unanimously confirmed as Federal Reserve Board governors by the United States Senate on September 30, 2010. On October 4, 2010, both were sworn in by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. As a member of the Federal Reserve Board, Raskin gained a reputation as someone focused on consumer protection and income inequality.
On July 31, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he would nominate Raskin to the second-in-command position of Deputy Secretary at the United States Department of the Treasury. She was confirmed to the position on March 12, 2014 by a voice vote. Upon confirmation, Raskin became the highest-ranked woman in the history of the Treasury Department. Raskin was sworn in on March 19, 2014. Upon her confirmation as Deputy Secretary she resigned as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on March 13, 2014.
During the 2017–18 academic year, Raskin is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Raskin is married to Jamie Raskin, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 8th congressional district. They have three teenage children and currently live in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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Mary J. Miller
| United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury