By PAAIA Staff
November 2, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate confirmed late on Monday the appointment of Cyrus Amir-Mokri as the U.S. Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions. Amir-Mokri was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions and Member, Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank in September of 2011.
Most recently, Mr. Amir-Mokri was a senior legal and policy advisor to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He participated in the legislative process that led to the passage of the Dodd-Frank regulatory reform bill and the subsequent implementation through rulemaking.
“He will be a valuable asset at Treasury as we continue the important work of implementing those critical reforms and as we move forward with other key initiatives,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement on Tuesday.
Before serving in government, Mr. Amir-Mokri was a partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, resident in its New York office. He concentrated in complex commercial litigation. He participated in many of the firm’s high-profile litigation matters.
Mr. Amir-Mokri has devoted substantial time to community service and pro bono matters. He has represented inmates on death row, prisoners with civil rights claims and political asylum applicants. He has also been active in matters affecting the Iranian-American community. Mr. Amir-Mokri was one of the original trustees and board members of PAAIA. He was also a two-term director and supporter of the Iranian American Bar Association and a founding member and supporter of the Iranian American Political Action Committee.
Mr. Amir-Mokri received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard College.
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