Juan Zarate is the global co-managing partner and chief strategy officer of the Financial Integrity Network, the senior national security analyst for NBC News, and a visiting lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School. He also serves as the chairman and senior counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Economic and Financial Power, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a senior fellow to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Juan served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. He was the first ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, where he led domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, the innovative use of Treasury’s national security-related powers, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. Juan is a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including the Treasury Medal.
Juan sits on several boards, including the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee, the America Abroad Media (AAM) Board of Advisors, the RANE Network Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group, the Coinbase Board of Advisors, and George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is the author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.
Juan is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.