Brent McIntosh

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Brent McIntosh
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Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
In office
September 2019 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDavid Malpass
General Counsel of the United States Department of the Treasury
In office
September 25, 2017 – July 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byChristopher J. Meade
Succeeded byBrian Callanan
White House Deputy Staff Secretary
In office
February 12, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byWilliam Burck[1]
Succeeded byPeter Rundlet
Personal details
Brent James McIntosh

(1973-09-28) September 28, 1973 (age 48)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (BA)
Yale Law School (JD)

Brent James McIntosh is an American attorney who served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 2017 to 2019. He previously served as General Counsel[citation needed] of the United States Treasury. Prior to his government service, McIntosh was a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and served as co-head of the firm's cybersecurity practice.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

McIntosh was born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Williamston, Michigan. His mother is a teacher and his father is the founder of McNeer Company, a structural engineering firm based in Williamston, Michigan.

McIntosh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[3][4]


From 2004 to 2006, he worked at the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice, serving in part as a deputy assistant attorney general. He was an associate counsel to President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009, as well as a deputy assistant to the president and deputy staff secretary.[3]

In May 2019, President Trump nominated McIntosh to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs.[5] The U.S. Senate confirmed him on September 18, 2019, by a vote of 54–38.[6][7] In March 2020, he was the Treasury Department official overseeing several programs providing unprecedented financial assistance to the U.S. airline industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

Following his stint at Treasury, McIntosh joined the Council on Foreign Relations as an adjunct senior fellow for international economics and finance.[9]

McIntosh is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Alexander Hamilton Society, the American Society of International Law, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Federalist Society. He was previously a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The New York Law Journal named him a "rising star" in 2013.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, McIntosh married Laura Ahn, an attorney. The two met at Yale Law School, where Ahn was the editor of the Yale Law Journal and McIntosh was an articles editor. Ahn worked as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and now serves as a consulting attorney for the firm, specializing in corporate law.[10][11]


  1. ^ "The White House Counsel's Office" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 13, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Barber, C. Ryan; Scarcella, Mike (March 15, 2017). "Sullivan & Cromwell's Brent McIntosh Is Picked for Treasury GC". Corporate Counsel. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Trump names Michigan lawyer as Treasury counsel". The Detroit News. March 14, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Eslinger, Bonnie (March 14, 2017). "Trump Taps Sullivan, Proskauer, Greenberg Attys For Posts". Law360. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Davidson, Kate (May 21, 2019). "Two Top Treasury Officials Promoted to New Posts" – via
  6. ^ Lejeune, Tristan (September 18, 2019). "Senate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections". TheHill.
  7. ^ "Senate Confirms Two Trump Nominees for Treasury Posts".
  8. ^ Stein, Jeff. "Treasury eyes new roles for top officials as they scramble to implement $2 trillion stimulus package". Washington Post. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Brent McIntosh". Council on Foreign Relations.
  10. ^ "WEDDINGS; Laura Ahn, Brent McIntosh". The New York Times. August 5, 2001. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Wachtell Lipton: BlackRock Gave Momentum to These Two Disclosure Frameworks for ESG". Retrieved March 20, 2020.

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