Former Treasury chief joins N.Y. think tank

Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times /

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to land a new job, and it’s not on Wall Street — though it’s in the same area code.

The Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank based in New York, said Wednesday that Geithner would become its newest senior fellow later this month. He stepped down as Treasury secretary on Jan. 25. President Barack Obama has nominated White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to replace him.

Geithner has followed this route before. He was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2001 before he started a job at the International Monetary Fund. After the IMF, Geithner served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2003 until he became Treasury secretary in 2009.

“His coming to CFR only strengthens our capacity to produce thoughtful analysis of issues at the intersection of economic, political, and strategic developments,” said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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