President-elect Barack Obama has selected Baltimore native Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Gensler, 51, served as a top treasury official in the Clinton administration, and was and adviser to former Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
He is also former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, and once ran for chairman. During the primaries, he was bundler for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A graduate of Pikesville Senior High School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Gensler made millions at Goldman Sachs during the 1990s before becoming heavily involved in politics.