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Former Treasury Official Rejoins Center for American Progress

Michael Barr has rejoined the nonprofit think tank the ""Center for American Progress"":http://www.americanprogress.org (CAP) as a senior fellow.
[IMAGE] From 2009 to 2010, Barr served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

He previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin's special assistant and also held the role of deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury.

Barr was a special advisor to President William J. Clinton, a special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department, and a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.

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As a senior fellow with CAP, Barr will write regularly on housing finance reform, implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, access to credit for low- and moderate-income communities, and consumer protection issues.

""We are pleased to announce Michael's return to CAP,"" said John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. ""He joins CAP's growing team of housing experts as we enter a critical stage in the discussion of the future of housing finance.""

Podesta added, ""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.""

Barr is currently 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.

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 bachelor's degree in history from Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude, with honors.

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