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Winrock CEO appointed co-chair of EXIM Bank’s Council on Climate; Winrock Board Chair Jude Kearney to lead EXIM’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee

September 16, 2022 ─ The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) announced it has named Winrock International President and CEO Rodney Ferguson co-chair of the bank’s council on climate and Winrock International Board Chair Jude Kearney chair of the bank’s sub-Saharan Africa advisory committee.

Ferguson was first appointed to EXIM’s climate council last year. This year, he will co-chair the council with Rachel Kyte, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, helping to identify gaps in private sector financing to fulfill the bank’s congressional mandate to promote and support environmentally beneficial, renewable-energy, energy-efficiency, and energy-storage exports from the U.S.

“I’m grateful to Chairwoman Lewis and the other leaders of the Export-Import Bank for their confidence in asking me to co-chair the climate council,” Ferguson said. “At this crucial moment of renewed U.S. leadership in spreading solutions to reduce carbon emissions around the world, I look forward to working with my colleagues at the bank to spur U.S. climate-smart exports.”

“EXIM’s Advisory Councils are crucial as we continue supporting America’s exporters,” EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis said in the bank’s recent press release about the new appointments. “The advice and recommendations provided from the diverse groups that make up our subcommittees are invaluable as we continue to modernize the bank.”

As the new chair of EXIM’s sub-Saharan Africa advisory committee, Kearney  will advise on the development and implementation of policies and programs that support the bank’s engagement in sub-Saharan Africa to boost U.S. exports and American jobs.

“The recommendations and insights from the sub-Saharan Africa committee members will be critical as EXIM works to increase American exports across the continent,” Lewis said in a separate release about Kearney’s appointment. “I look forward to working with Jude Kearney and the committee as we continue to support key EXIM and Biden-Harris Administration priorities to fulfill our mission of supporting American jobs through exports.”


The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the nation’s official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. To advance American competitiveness and assist U.S. businesses as they compete for global sales, EXIM offers financing including export credit insuranceworking capital guaranteesloan guarantees, and direct loans. As an independent federal agency, EXIM contributes to U.S. economic growth by supporting tens of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the U.S. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt. Learn more at