Washington, DC — The Center for American Progress announced today that Michael Barr has rejoined American Progress as a Senior Fellow. Barr will write regularly on housing finance reform, implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, access to credit for low- and moderate-income communities, and consumer protection issues.
“We are pleased to announce Michael’s return to CAP. He joins CAP’s growing team of housing experts as we enter a critical stage in the discussion of the future of housing finance. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise on financial sector reform issues as well as his consistent focus on how American families and communities are affected by these complex financial market policy issues,” said John Podesta, President and CEO of CAP.
Michael Barr is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches financial regulation, international finance, and related courses. He conducts empirical research on financial services for low- and moderate-income households and writes on a wide range of financial regulation issues. He also served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial institutions from 2009 to 2010, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Barr previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s special assistant, as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, as special advisor to President William J. Clinton, as a special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.
Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School; an M. Phil in international relations from Magdalen College; Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar; and his B.A., summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Yale University.
CAP’s Housing Finance policy team is led by CAP Executive Vice President Sarah Rosen Wartell. Other members include: