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Juan Carlos Zarate -- White House
Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism

Mr. Zarate previously served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Finaniancing and Financial Crimes. Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Zarate served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Section. In that role, he helped investigate and prosecute several terrorism-related cases, including the USS Cole investigation. While at the Department of Justice, he also specialized in cases related to weapons of mass destruction and prosecuted firearms-related cases in the District of Maryland, as well as serving a short term as an attorney in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division. Mr. Zarate previously worked as a federal law clerk for Chief Judge Judith Keep in the Southern District of California. Mr. Zarate is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where he was awarded the John P. Reardon award for the best student-athlete. Mr. Zarate is also a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and studied as a Rotary International Fellow at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Mr. Zarate has authored a book about U.S. foreign policy in Central America, entitled Forging Democracy, and published a seminal law review article in the Stanford Journal of International Law, entitled “The Emergence of a New Dog of War,” about the growing use of private international military companies by countries. Mr. Zarate also authored the Department of Justice’s guide to federal prosecutors regarding the restoration of civil rights in firearms cases. Mr. Zarate was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, and he is a member of the California Bar. He is a member of Mater Dei High School’s Ring of Honor, its honorary hall of fame.

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