Geoffrey Okamoto is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center and a managing director at Goldman Sachs based in New York City. He leads the firm’s efforts on international public policy, coordinating cross-jurisdictional issues, and engaging with global policymakers. Okamoto also assists clients on matters involving global economic and financial developments.
Prior to joining the firm, Okamoto served as first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), charged with managing relationships with the Group of Seven and Group of Twenty, institutional strategy, lending policies, and risk management. He also oversaw surveillance of large economies and the euro area, certain lending programs, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the IMF, Okamoto served as acting under secretary of the US Treasury for international affairs and acting assistant secretary for international finance, where he oversaw global financial markets, international economic coordination, climate finance, as well as participation in the Financial Stability Board and international financial institutions. He also served as the Department’s negotiator on trade with China and on Brexit-related matters with the United Kingdom and European Union. Okamoto also assisted several emerging market economies in financing their reform programs. For his service, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury’s highest honor.
Earlier in his career, Okamoto was on the senior staff of the US Senate Banking Committee and the US House Financial Services Committee. He was a consultant for KPMG serving financial sector clients.
Okamoto is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He previously served as chairman of the alumni board for Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and is an Atlantick-Brücke young leader. Okamoto earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University with a concentration in banking, fiscal, and monetary policy, and a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He was also a visiting student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford