Heath Tarbert

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Heath Tarbert
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Occupation Chairman
Employer Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Location Washington D.C.

Heath Tarbert is chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He was confirmed by the US Senate on June 5, 2019 and officially starts as the agency's 14th chairman on July 15, 2019, succeeding Chris Giancarlo in the leadership post.[1][2]


Before joining the CFTC, Tarbert was acting under secretary for international affairs at the US Department of the Treasury, starting in April 2019. He was sworn in as assistant secretary for international markets in October 2017. As under secretary, he was responsible for US interests in multilateral organizations on financial stability and regulatory issues. He also was tasked with promoting growth, negotiating trade agreements and advocating for standards for US firms.[3]

He is a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and serves on FSB’s Steering Committee, plus all three of its Standing Committees. He is also co-chair of the U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum and U.S.-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group. He also led delegations at the G7 and G20 financial ministers and central bank governors deputies tracks, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Financial Ministerial. He also facilitated investments in energy and infrastructure overseas, plus managed private-sector growth in more than 40 countries, and is a member of the Domestic Finance Council.

He also served as policy chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which promotes U.S. investments while protecting national security.

As acting secretary, he also served as acting U.S. executive director on the board of the World Bank Group from 2017 to 2018.

Prior to his US Treasury service, he was a partner at Allen & Overy, in its global financial regulatory practice. He also served as a special counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, associate counsel to President George W. Bush and a law clerk to Chief Judge Douglas Ginsberg of the US Court of Appeals of the DC Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court.


He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Mount St. Mary’s University, his Juris Doctorate and SJD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University where he was a Thouron Scholar.


  1. CFTC Chairman Giancarlo Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Heath Tarbert as CFTC Chairman. CFTC.
  2. Senate Confirms Heath Tarbert as CFTC Chairman. Wall Street Journal.
  3. Acting Under Secretary for International Affairs U.S. Department of the Treasury. US Department of the Treasury.