Stuart Levey


Stuart Levey was the first Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence where he was responsible for creating a new office to lead the Treasury Department’s revitalized post-9/11 national security mission.  Appointed by President Bush in 2004, he was asked to stay on by President Obama, serving until 2011.  He oversaw the implementation and enforcement of U.S. sanctions programs by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and of civil anti-money laundering laws by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Levey previously served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (2004-2011) and the Associate Deputy Attorney General (2001-2003) at the Department of Justice where he worked on counterterrorism, national security, immigration and border security issues.

Following his government service, Levey was the Chief Legal Officer of HSBC Holdings from 2012 until 2020, a global bank with 226,000 employees across 64 countries where he managed a legal department with more than 900 lawyers in 50 countries. He also was the CEO of the Diem Association from 2020 until 2022, a member-based association that was committed to leveraging blockchain technology to bring the benefits of the financial system to unbanked and underbanked people around the world.

Educated at Harvard College (summa cum laude,1986) and Harvard Law School, (magna cum laude, 1989), Levey subsequently clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Stuart Levey is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AJC Public Service Award and the ADL Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation Award.  He has also served on the US Holocaust Memorial Council and the CSIS, Freedom House and McCain Institute Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism.