30 Obama Administration Officials and former colleagues have endorsed Mary Miller, candidate for mayor of Baltimore.
BALTIMORE, MD – Today former Obama Administration official and Democratic mayoral candidate Mary Miller received the endorsement of Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, alongside more than 25 other Obama Administration Officials – including two current mayors – in her run for Mayor of Baltimore. These endorsements from former colleagues signal not only that Mary Miller has the management and policy expertise to be Mayor of Baltimore, but also that she was liked and respected by former colleagues with whom she worked day to day for almost five years. This is a testament to her character and capability for the role of mayor.
Upon his endorsement, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the following about Mary Miller: “For over four years, Mary worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, leading the U.S. Treasury department’s efforts to tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing our country. From the debt limit debates and the intricacies of debt management to financial reform and housing finance, and the financial challenges facing our cities and states, Mary has always been committed to strengthening our country, improving our financial system and lifting obstacles for working Americans.”
Other senior Obama Appointees also sang Mary’s praises:
“Mary’s background and decades of experience would be invaluable to Baltimore at this time. She knows how to tackle tough problems and bring the resources to bear to make meaningful changes. She has always put people first and believes that when communities succeed, everyone succeeds.” - Rosie Rios, Former Treasurer of the United States
“Mary Miller was an exceptional leader at Treasury, applying her strong financial expertise and collaborative skills in pursuit of our nation’s common good. As Mayor of Baltimore, Mary would bring both her heart and her considerable intellect in tackling Baltimore’s biggest challenges, seeing in them opportunities to renew the extraordinary city that she loves so much.” - Sarah Bloom Raskin, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
“In the Obama administration, Mary demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, combined with exceptional managerial skills and an ability to collaborate and build consensus to solve economic problems for our country. Her experience would be invaluable to a city like Baltimore. ” - Sheila Bair, Former Chair, FDIC
“Mary Miller is an experienced public servant and would provide a steady hand when Baltimore needs it the most. Her deep knowledge of the economy, markets, business, and federal government will help to bring new hope and opportunity to a city in crisis.” - Michael S. Barr, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
“Mary’s leadership involves seeking the best advice available to understand and analyze challenges before she recommends action. I remain impressed by Mary’s calm decision making, which in my experience always centered on the potential human consequences of difficult policy decisions.” - Kim Wallace, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs
“With another looming housing crisis, Mary Miller will protect the homes of Baltimore residents the same way she helped save the homes of millions of families when she led the U.S. Treasury Department’s housing recovery efforts in the Obama administration during the great recession.” - Michael Stegman, Former Senior White House Housing Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary for Housing Finance Policy
“I am so grateful to have so many of my former colleagues support in this race,” Miller said. “Serving in the Obama Administration was the honor of my life and showed me how — with the right leadership — government can work for the people and be a powerful force in creating economic opportunity. I worked through a difficult period in the Obama Administration on economic recovery following the great recession and I have the experience and background to tackle a challenging situation in Baltimore today. I look forward to serving Baltimore, driving inclusive growth and opportunity for all, solving our crime crisis, and leading a transparent and ethical government.
President Obama nominated Miller to serve in one of the highest positions at the U.S. Treasury Department during the great recession, first as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets and later becoming the first woman to serve as the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. Miller was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate after both hearings and was thoroughly vetted by U.S. intelligence agencies, ultimately receiving top-secret security clearance. During her time at Treasury, Miller oversaw the entire U.S. economy and helped lead our country’s recovery from the great recession.
On March 30, 2012, upon Miller’s Senate confirmation as Under Secretary, former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said the following about Mary: “For two years, Mary’s steady hand has helped Treasury navigate a critical set of domestic finance issues, earning her deep respect from colleagues inside and outside this building. Her sound judgment, insight, and expertise will be tremendously helpful to the President and to me in her new, expanded role within the Department. I am pleased that the Senate moved on this important nomination.”
In addition to managing the country’s finances, Mary led programs to help homeowners save their homes and small businesses to get loans, developed a retirement savings program for low-income workers, and worked with Detroit to address vacant housing and help the city recover from bankruptcy, many of the same issues Baltimore faces today.
A full list of former Obama Administration Officials and colleagues endorsing Mary Miller for Mayor of Baltimore includes:
- Jack Lew, Former Secretary of the Treasury
- Sheila Bair, Former Chair, FDIC
- Timothy G. Massad, Former Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Jeffrey Zients, Former Director, National Economic Council under President Barack Obama
- Rosie Rios, Former Treasurer of the United States
- Sarah Bloom Raskin, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
- Neal S. Wolin, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
- David S. Cohen, Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
- Karen Dynan, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy
- Michael S. Barr, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
- Richard Gregg, Former Fiscal Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department
- Matthew Rutherford, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Markets
- Michael Stegman, Former Senior White House Housing Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary for Housing Finance Policy
- Kim Wallace, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs
- Amias Moore Gerety, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
- Kathleen Mellody, Former Special Assistant to the President of the United States
- Peter Bieger, Former Assistant General Counsel for Banking and Finance, U.S. Treasury Department
- Richard Berner, Former Director of the Office of Financial Research and Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury
- Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford, CT and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes
- J. Mark Iwry, Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury
- Rebecca H. Ewing, Former Executive Secretary of the Treasury
- Aaron Klein, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and Former Candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates
- Brad Setser, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economic Analysis
- Elaine Buckberg, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Policy Coordination
- Anthony Coley, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
- W. Campbell Gibson, Former Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
- Julie Herr, Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton, PA and Former Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
- Stephen H. Barrows, Former Senior Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department
- Andrew Woolf, Former Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
About Mary Miller:
Mary Miller is a Democrat running for mayor of Baltimore, her home of 34 years. Her career has been spent studying urban planning and investing in cities. In 2009, President Obama appointed Mary to help lead our country’s recovery from the great recession. As the first woman to serve as the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department, Mary oversaw the entire U.S. economy. Mary left the Obama administration determined to help strengthen her hometown and has been working to get money flowing into neighborhoods that have been left out and helps women and people of color start small businesses and revitalize historically neglected areas of the city.