Alex Zerden

Counsel

U.S. House of Representatives

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Alex Zerden currently serves as Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives covering financial integrity and oversight issues on the newly created Select Subcommittee for the Coronavirus Crisis. Previously, Alex worked at the U.S. Treasury Department in several roles to combat priority illicit finance threats and address macroeconomic challenges. From 2018-2019, Alex led the Treasury Department’s office at U.S. Embassy Kabul as the Financial Attaché to Afghanistan. Alex also detailed to the White House National Economic Council where he covered a diverse domestic and international economic portfolio. He joined the executive branch as a Presidential Management Fellow after conducting financial oversight at the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and founding a consulting company. Alex began his career assisting U.S. victims of terrorism and other human rights abuses, including 9/11 victims and their families.

For over a decade, Alex has worked at the intersection of law, policy, financial services, and national security in the public and private sectors to protect the integrity of the U.S. and international financial systems from abuse by malign actors while promoting economic growth and development. He has published and lectured extensively on issues involving anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), economic sanctions, anti-corruption, cybersecurity, congressional oversight, and FinTech.

Alex holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

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