Carter Burwell

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Counselor to the Secretary
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Carter Burwell currently serves as Counselor to the Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.  In this role, Mr. Burwell advises the Secretary on matters involving national security, financial sanctions, and illicit finance, including the Treasury Department’s interactions with the National Security Council and the Intelligence Community, foreign governments, and the private sector. 

 Prior to his Treasury service, Mr. Burwell was Chief Counsel to Senator John Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he focused on national security and criminal justice issues.  During his time in the Senate, Mr. Burwell helped to reauthorize critical foreign intelligence surveillance authorities following the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by Edward Snowden. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Burwell was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the National Security and International Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia.  During that time, he participated in the investigation and prosecution of individuals affiliated with designated foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as criminal organizations and transnational drug cartels for acts of violence and narcotics trafficking.

Mr. Burwell earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, his masters degree from the University of Cambridge, and his law degree from the University of Virginia.  Following law school, he clerked for two federal judges and worked as an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.