Experience: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
She later served as assistant to the president and special advisor to the secretary of the treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama.
Throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s and 1990s, Warren taught law at several universities throughout the country, while researching issues related to bankruptcy and middle-class personal finance, including the Rutgers School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law, in addition to teaching at the University of Michigan as a visiting professor and as a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin.
She joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987, becoming a tenured professor. She began teaching at Harvard Law School in 1992 as a visiting professor, and began a permanent position as Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law in 1995.
In 1995, Warren was asked to advise the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She helped to draft the commission's report and worked for several years to oppose legislation intended to severely restrict the right of consumers to file for bankruptcy. Warren and others opposing the legislation were not successful; in 2005 Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
From November 2006 to November 2010, Warren was a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. She is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an independent organization which advises Congress on bankruptcy law. She is a former vice-president of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.