Message From Chair Lewis

Presidents, Chairmen, 1934 - Present

NamePositionSworn In DateDeparture Date
Portrait - George

George N. Peek


Sworn in on February 13, 1934, at the age of 61, George Peek was born in Polo, IL and served for one year as the first President of Export-Import Bank of Washington.  

February 13, 1934November 30, 1935
Portrait - R

R. Walton Moore


Assuming office at the age of 75, R. Walton Moore was sworn in on February 13th, 1934, as the first Chairman of EXIM and served for seven years. Prior to his role as EXIM Chairman, he held the position of Assistant Secretary of State. 

February 13, 1934February 8, 1941
Portrait - Warren Lee Pierson

Warren Lee Pierson


Sworn in at 39 in 1936, Pierson, born in Princeton, Minn., continued until 1945, overseeing the Bank's operations during crucial years of economic and global upheaval. 

February 21, 1936April 12, 1945
Portrait - Jesse H

Jesse H. Jones


Jones was born in Robertson County, TN. He was a Democrat who had previously served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from 1940 to 1945. He took office as Chairman of EXIM at 67. 

July 30, 1941August 18, 1943
Portrait - Leo T

Leo T. Crowley


Assuming the role of Chairman at age 54 in August 1943, Crowley, born in Milton, Wisconsin, was a Democrat who had headed the Foreign Economic Administration.  

August 18, 1943October 8, 1945
Portrait - Wayne C

Wayne C. Taylor


Taylor was born in Chicago, IL. He had a diverse background, including roles as Assistant to the Administrator of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and Under Secretary of Commerce before being sworn in at EXIM at 52 in 1945. 

April 13, 1945February 6, 1946
Portrait - William McChesney Martin

William McChesney Martin, Jr.


Martin, born in St. Louis, MO, helped usher in the Marshall Plan. He was a Democrat and later became the longest-serving Chairman of the United States Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He was sworn in at age 40. 

February 13, 1946February 7, 1949
Portrait - Herbert Gaston

Herbert E. Gaston


Taking office at 68 in February 1949, Gaston's tenure saw the Bank navigating post-war economic challenges until his departure in January 1953. 

February 10, 1949January 19, 1953
Portrait - Glen E Edgerton

Glen E. Edgerton


Edgerton was born in Parkersville, Kansas. He assumed office at age 66 in April 1953, where he contributed to the Bank's activities during a period of economic transition. Edgerton also served as Managing Director from August 15, 1953 until October 8, 1954, and again as Chairman from October 11, 1954 until September 30, 1955.

April 7, 1953September 30, 1955
Portrait - Samuel C

Samuel C. Waugh


Sworn in at 65 in October 1955, Waugh, born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, had previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs at the United States Department of State. 

October 4, 1955January 20, 1961
Portrait - Harold Linder

Harold F. Linder


Taking office at 61 in 1961, Linder, born in New York, NY, had a distinguished career at the United States Department of State before serving as the United States Ambassador to Canada from 1968 to 1969. 

March 3, 1961July 31, 1968
Portrait - Henry Kearns

Henry Kearns


Sworn in at 58 in March 1969, Kearns, born in Salt Lake City, UT, was a Republican who led the Bank during a period of political and economic shifts. 

March 20, 1969October 31, 1973
Portrait - William J Casey

William J. Casey


At the age of 61 in 1974, Casey, born in New York, NY, was a Republican who later served as the Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987. 

March 14, 1974January 2, 1976
Portrait - Stephen-Dubrul

Stephen M. DuBrul, Jr.


Assuming office at 47 in 1976, DuBrul, born in Michigan, contributed to the Bank's activities during a transitional period. 

January 5, 1976May 2, 1977
Portrait - John L Moore

John L Moore, Jr.


Sworn in at 48 in 1977, Moore, born in West Palm Beach, FL, played a crucial role in the Bank's operations during a dynamic economic climate. 

May 3, 1977March 31, 1981
Portrait - Willliam H Draper

William H. Draper III


Taking office at 53 in July 1981, Draper, born in White Plains, NY, led the Bank during a period marked by economic challenges and opportunities before his departure in 1986. 

July 14, 1981February 28, 1986
Portrait - John A

John A. Bohn, Jr.


Bohn was sworn in at 47 in 1986 during an era of evolving global trade dynamics. 

April 11, 1986February 28, 1989
Portrait - John D Macomber

John D. Macomber


Assuming office at 61 in 1989, Macomber contributed to the Bank's mission during a time of economic and political changes. He was born in Rochester, NY. 

July 25, 1989November 30, 1992
Portrait - Kenneth D

Kenneth D. Brody


Sworn in at 50 in 1993, Brody led the Bank during a period marked by increasing globalization and changing economic landscapes. 

May 10, 1993December 31, 1995
Portrait - Martin A

Martin A. Kamarck


Taking office at 45 in 1996, Kamarck contributed to the Bank's operations during a time of technological advancements and economic shifts. 

April 12, 1996June 16, 1997
Portrait - James A

James A. Harmon


Sworn in at 62 in June 1997, Harmon navigated the Bank through the challenges and opportunities of the late 20th century. He was born in New York. 

June 17, 1997July 20, 2001
Portrait - John Robson

John Robson


Assuming office at 70 in 2001, Robson contributed to the Bank's activities during a time of economic uncertainty and geopolitical changes. 

May 30, 2001March 20, 2002
Portrait - Philip Merrill

Philip Merrill


Sworn in at 68 in December 2002, Merrill played a key role in the Bank's operations during a dynamic period in global trade. He was born in Baltimore, MD. 

December 4, 2002July 20, 2005
Portrait - Lambright

James Lambright


Taking office at 33 in July 2005, Lambright, born in St. Louis, MO, led the Bank during a time marked by economic challenges and financial transformations. 

July 21, 2005January 20, 2009
Portrait - Fred Hochberg

Fred P. Hochberg


Sworn in at 57 in May 2009, Hochberg, born in Mount Vernon, NY, was instrumental in steering the Bank through modern economic challenges, emphasizing the importance of global trade, and economic diplomacy through January 2017. 

May 21, 2009January 17, 2017
Portrait - Kimberly Reed

Kimberly A. Reed

President and Chairman

Reed, the first woman and West Virginian to lead EXIM, took office in May 2019. Reed championed bipartisan efforts to secure the longest Congressional reauthorization in EXIM's history and made significant contributions to advance U.S. exports and strengthen economic and national security during her term.

May 9, 2019January 20, 2021
Portait - Reta Lewis

Reta Jo Lewis

President and Chair

Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, born in Statesboro, GA, was sworn in by Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris as the first woman Black President and Chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States on February 16, 2022.

February 14, 2022Present


Founded in 1934, the Export-Import Bank was organized by Franklin D. Roosevelt under the name Export-Import Bank of Washington. The stated goal was "to aid in financing and to facilitate exports and imports and the exchange of commodities between the United States and other Nations or the agencies or nationals thereof." [i] The Bank's first transaction was a $3.8 million loan to Cuba in 1935 for the purchase of U.S. silver ingots. [ii]

The Export-Import Bank became an independent agency in 1945. The Bank’s name was changed to "Export-Import Bank of the United States" in 1968. [iii]

Over the years, the Export-Import Bank helped finance several historic projects including the Pan-American Highway, the Burma Road, and post-WWII reconstruction. This timeline highlights the Bank’s history and several projects it has supported over the years:

Export-Import Bank of Washington Established

The Export-Import Bank of Washington is established to help U.S. companies during the Great Depression. Although the goal was to lend to the Soviet Union, such loans never materialized.

Second Export-Import Bank Established

The Second Export-Import Bank of Washington is established to lend to Cuba. In July, the lending authority was expanded to include "any part of the world except Russia."

First President

George N. Peek is appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to head the first and the second Export-Import Banks.

First Transaction

EXIM's first transaction -- $3.8 million to Cuba for purchase of U.S. silver ingots -- is approved, the first of five loans extended for Cuban coinage over a five-year period.


Banks Consolidated

The Second Export-Import Bank is liquidated. Its loans and commitments are transferred to the Export-Import Bank of Washington.


First Development Loan

The first development loan of $5.5 million is loaned to Haiti to improve economic conditions.

Burma Road Financing

The Bank approves a $22 million loan to China to assist in construction of the Burma Road.


Steel Mill in Brazil

EXIM Bank authorizes a $25 million credit toward the construction of a large steel mill at Volta Redonda in Brazil - EXIM's first industrial development project.

Authority Increased

Congress increases EXIM's lending authority to $700 million to support exports to Latin America.


Pan Am Highway

EXIM's first financing for the Pan American Highway is approved for road construction in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Ecuador.


EXIM Act of 1945

The Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 establishes EXIM Bank as an independent agency. The Bank's lending authority is increased to $3.5 billion.

Post-WWII Financing

EXIM Bank authorizes over $2 billion for post-WWII reconstruction in Europe, Asia and Africa. In 1947, EXIM Bank is designated to administer funds for the Economic Cooperation Administration under the Marshall Plan.


First Aircraft Transaction

Financing in the amount of $3 million to Panair do Brasil for seven aircraft.


Israel Financing

The Bank authorizes $100 million of credits to the newly recognized state of Israel.


Peru Mine

EXIM approves financing for U.S. exports to the Toquepala Mine in the Peruvian Andes.


Initial Boeing Support

EXIM joined three commercial lenders to finance $105 million for 17 Boeing 707s for Air France.


Short-Term Insurance

The Bank first provides short-term export credit insurance through the Foreign Credit Insurance Agency (FCIA), which continues until EXIM Bank assumes the administration of its insurance products in 1992.


Ghana Financing

EXIM Bank authorizes $110 million to the Volta Aluminum Co. to build an aluminum smelter in Ghana.

Financing in Portugal

EXIM Bank approves $55 million credit to Portugal supporting U.S. exports to build Lisbon's Tagus River Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Europe.


New Official Name

"The Export-Import Bank of the United States" becomes EXIM's official name under P.L. 90-267.


PEFCO Created

The Private Export Funding Corporation (PEFCO) -- a consortium of private lenders for long-term export finance -- is chartered and opens for business. PEFCO has been a major source of funding of EXIM transactions, including financings of large commercial aircraft.


Soviet Union Financing

EXIM authorizes its first two credits totaling $199 million supporting U.S. exports to the Soviet Union.


OECD Arrangement

The Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) becomes the framework for all of EXIM's medium- and long-term financing offers.

Tied Aid

For the first time, EXIM Bank offers tied aid financing to help U.S. companies facing foreign competition backed by tied-aid financing from their governments.

China Financing

EXIM approves its first transaction to China since 1946.


Mexico Financing

The Bank joins other U.S. government agencies and the International Monetary Fund in providing a $10 billion financial package for Mexico.


Trade and Development Enhancement Act

The Trade and Development Enhancement Act directs EXIM Bank to establish a Tied Aid Credit Program with the Agency for International Development. The Act also directs the Bank to support exports of U.S. services on the same terms as those for U.S. products.


Working Capital Guarantee and ST Umbrella Policy Launched

EXIM's working capital lender loan guarantee and short-term umbrella policy are launched to provide more support for small business exporters.


Small Business Mandate

Congress enacts a 10 percent mandate on small business authorizations, which is increased in 2002 to 20 percent and in 2015 to 25 percent. In 1987, EXIM programs are redesigned to make them more accessible to small-and medium-sized exporters.


"Bundling" Credit

The Bank introduces the concept of "bundling" to combine several EXIM-guaranteed transactions for a single country into one credit facility.

City/State Partners

The Bank launches the City/State Partners Program to enhance the ability of state and local agencies to provide assistance on EXIM products to small-business exporters.

Financing for Former Soviet Countries/ Opening in Poland and Czechoslovakia

EXIM Bank makes available financing options to support U.S. exports to the newly independent countries of the former Soviet Union. The Bank opens for the first time since WWII in Poland and Czechoslovakia.


Environment Enhancement Act

The Export Enhancement Act of 1992 directs the Bank to consider the potential environmental impacts of projects for which the Bank is considering providing financing and provide environmental and social impact assessments where required.

EXIM Assumes Insurance Program/ Opens Regional Offices

EXIM Bank assumes administration of its insurance programs. The Bank establishes regional offices in New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston, and Long Beach, Calif.


Oil and Gas Framework Agreement with Russia

The Bank signs the Oil and Gas Framework Agreement with Russia to provide financing for U.S. exports to Russia's energy sector.


Project Finance Division Formed

EXIM's Project Finance Division is formed. The Bank commits $3.5 billion in large-scale project financing in the first 14 months of the division's operation.

Aircraft Division Formed

EXIM's Aircraft Finance Division is formed. The division was renamed in 1998 as the Transportation Division and given responsibility for financing all types of aircraft, helicopters, locomotives and other rolling stock, and ships.

Financing of Temelin Nuclear Project

EXIM Bank approves $317 million in guarantees of commercial loans to help upgrade two Soviet-designed nuclear reactors near Temelin in the Czech Republic, supporting exports by Westinghouse Electric Corp. of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Financing of Amazon Rainforest Surveillance Project

The Bank approves its largest transaction to date, a $1.3 billion loan, supporting the sale of U.S. environmental surveillance and air traffic equipment and services for the Sistema de Vigilancia da Amazon (SIVAM) project of the government of Brazil. The principal U.S. exporter is Raytheon Corp.


Financing of Paiton Power Plant in Indonesia

EXIM Bank authorizes financing to support U.S. exports for the construction of the first independent power project in Indonesia -- the coal-fired Paiton Complex on Java. The transaction is the first to be done under the Project Finance Division.


EXIM Website Launched

EXIM Bank launches its website on the Internet.

Financing Aircraft to China

The Bank approves nearly $900 million to support exports of Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas commercial aircraft to China.


Easing the Asian Financial Crisis

EXIM Bank provides $1 billion short-term insurance facility for U.S. exports to South Korea during the Asian financial crisis.


Minority- and Woman-Owned Division Formed

EXIM's Minority- and Woman-Owned (MWOB) Division is created to boost small business exports from these companies traditionally underserved by the trade finance market.

EXIM Accepts Internet Applications

The Bank begins accepting applications for letters of interest on its website.

Short-Term Insurance Offered for sub-Saharan Africa

EXIM Bank launches a short-term insurance pilot program in 19 sub-Saharan African countries.


Chad/Cameroon Pipeline

In EXIM's first transaction to sub-Saharan Africa using limited recourse project financing, the Bank approves a $300 million loan guarantee to finance U.S. exports to build a pipeline system to transport crude oil from southwest Chad through Cameroon to the Atlantic Coast.


Tyumen Oil

EXIM Bank authorizes $500 million in loan guarantees for rehabilitation of Tyumen Oil facilities in Russia.

Reinsurance Waiver Post-9/11

EXIM Bank leads the insurance industry in waiving its requirement for third-party reinsurance for airlines after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.


Nigeria LNG Financing

EXIM Bank approves its largest to-date private-sector financing to support U.S. exports to Nigeria's LNG production.


Cape Town Treaty

EXIM Bank offers a one-third reduction of its exposure fee on financing to airlines in countries signing or ratifying the Cape Town Treaty to reduce the risks of cross-border financing of large commercial aircraft and aircraft engines. The United States signs the treaty in 2003 and ratifies it in 2004.

Trade Bank of Iraq

Joining 15 countries to support Trade Bank of Iraq, the Bank approves a $500 million short-term insurance facility for the Trade Bank to support U.S. exports for the reconstruction of Iraq.

Ethiopian Airlines

EXIM Bank finances large commercial aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines in the same year that Ethiopia signs the Cape Town Treaty.

Peru LNG Financing

The Bank provides financing U.S. exports for Peru liquefied petroleum gas project (Peru LNG).

Financing of Nanhai Petro Project

EXIM Bank backs a historic, first-post WWII private-sector financing in China to support U.S. exports for Nanhai petrochemical complex.


BTC Pipeline Financing

The Bank approves financing supporting U.S. exports for the construction of the Baku Tblisi Ceyan (BTC) Pipeline, connecting an oil field in the Caspian Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.

Qatar LNG Financing

The Bank authorizes financing to support U.S. exports to a LNG plant in Qatar.

Medium-Term Support in Mexico

EXIM Bank authorizes $600 million in medium-term financing to support U.S. exports to Mexico in the first three quarters of FY 2004.

OECD "Common Approaches" Environmental Guidelines Adopted

The Bank revises its Environmental and Social Due Diligence Procedures and Guidelines to make them consistent with the "Common Approaches" guidelines for evaluating environmental impacts of projects supported by the export credit agencies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Kenya Airways

EXIM Bank finances the first Boeing 777 in Africa to Kenya Airways.


Financing Agriculture Exports to Iraq

EXIM Bank finances exports to Iraq pass milestone as agricultural commodity shipments from U.S. companies stream toward Iraqi customers.

15-Year Repayment Terms Offered

EXIM Bank offers 15-year repayment terms to support U.S. exports to international renewable energy, hydro and clean water projects.


EXIM Launches "EXIM Online" Accepting Applications

EXIM Bank launches EXIM Online, a new Internet-based application providing U.S. exporters with faster, easier access to multi-buyer export credit insurance.


OECD Air Sector Understanding

The 2007 Air Sector Understanding (ASU) of the OECD enters into force, establishing a new set of guidelines for export credits supporting commercial aircraft. A revised ASU enters into force in 2011.


EXIM Establishes Medium-Term Delegated Authority

EXIM Bank establishes its medium-term delegated authority program to increase credit for exports of U.S. capital goods and services on repayment terms of two to five years.


18-Year Repayment Terms Offered

EXIM Bank offers 18-year repayment terms to support U.S. exports to international renewable energy, water and nuclear power projects.

EXIM Adopts Carbon Policy

EXIM Bank adopts a comprehensive carbon policy to guide its support of U.S. exports in light of climate change concerns.

Guaranteed Bond Issuances

The capital markets issue the first bond offering under the new and improved EXIM Bank Guaranteed Bond program, funding the export of Boeing 777 aircraft to Emirates Airline.


Global Access Launched

EXIM's Global Access for Small Business initiative is launched, providing small businesses across the country with one-day training events to learn how EXIM can help them begin or expand exports.

Honduras Wind Farm

EXIM Bank provides $159 Million in financing for Pennsylvania manufacturer to export turbines to Cerro de Hula Wind Farm in Honduras -- the largest wind farm in Latin America.


EXIM Approves $14 Billion for India Solar Power Projects

The Bank authorizes $1.4 billion financing U.S. exports to India, supporting an estimated 10,000 American jobs. EXIM's financings included seven solar-energy projects in India. The Bank was the first international institution to finance a project under the Indian government's National Solar Mission.

EXIM Approves Over $1 Billion for Exports to Africa

EXIM financing for sub-Saharan Africa exceeds $1 billion for first time, Including $805 million for Kusile power project in South Africa.

EXIM Adopts the Equator Principles

The Bank revises its Environmental and Social Due Diligence Procedure and Guidelines to be consistent with the Equator Principles, facilitating the assessment and management of the social/environmental impacts of projects.

Supply Chain

EXIM Bank announces $450 million for Supply Chain Finance Program with JPMorgan Chase to support U.S. small businesses and other suppliers to Caterpillar Inc.

Financing of GE Locomotives to South Africa

EXIM Bank approves $100 million in financing for sale of GE locomotives to South Africa's Transnet.


EXIM Approves Record Level of Authorizations

The Bank reaches a historic level of nearly $35.8 billion in authorizations in FY 2012, supporting a record $50 billion of U.S. exports and an estimated 255,000 American jobs.

Financing of Sadara Project --Largest Transaction

EXIM Bank approves its largest transaction to date -- $4.9 billion -- financing U.S. exports to the Sadara Petrochemical Project in Saudi Arabia. EXIM's financing is estimated to support for more than 18,000 U.S. jobs.

Financing of U.A.E. Nuclear Power

EXIM approves $2 billion in financing for nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates.

MWOB Record Support

The Bank sets a new record of $500 million in financing for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.

Supporting Clean-Tech Exports to Brazil

A California small business benefits from $48.6 million in EXIM financing for its clean-technology exports to a biogas project in Brazil.

Australia Pacific LNG

The Bank approves nearly $3 billion in financing for U.S. exports to the Australia Pacific LNG project.

Express Insurance

EXIM's streamlined insurance product -- Express Insurance -- makes an impressive debut with over 200 policies issued in the first year, the majority benefitting small businesses.


EXIM Approves Nearly $1 Billion for U.S. Satellites

The Bank authorizes nearly $1 billion in support of U.S.-produced satellites and related services. From 2011 through 2013, EXIM Bank financed approximately 60 percent of U.S. commercial satellites sales.


Lapse of Authority

The Bank's charter and operating authority lapses for five months - the longest gap in operations in EXIM's history.

EXIM is Reauthorized After Historic Lapse of Authority

President Obama signs H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, which authorizes EXIM Bank through September 30, 2019.

Regional Initiative Launched

EXIM launches a new regional initiative -- the Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) -- to work with state and local organizations to expand outreach and availability of EXIM's financing for small businesses.

Board Quorum Lapses

EXIM loses its quorum on July 20, 2015 when the terms for Board Members Sean Mulvaney and Patricia Loui expired.


First Woman Chair

Kimberly Reed is sworn in as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors on May 9, 2019. Chairman Reed is the first woman to lead EXIM.

Board Quorum Restored

The Export-Import Bank establishes a quorum in May 2019 with the appointment of Chairman Kimberly Reed and Board Members Spencer Bachus III and Judith Pryor

EXIM Authorized Financing for Mozambique LNG Project

The EXIM Board of Directors authorizes up to $5 billion, later amended to $4.7 billion*, in financing to support U.S. exports for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located in northern Mozambique. At the time of authorization, this was the largest deal by dollar amount in EXIM history. This transaction is estimated to support 16,700 American jobs.

*This transaction was amended in May, 2020.

EXIM is Reauthorized for Seven Years

EXIM is reauthorized for 7 years on December 20, 2019 as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, the longest reauthorization in the Bank’s history to date.

Program on China and Transformational Exports Launched

The 2019 reauthorization establishes a new goal of reserving 20% of EXIM’s total financing authority for exports that compete directly with China and transformational exports in various areas of technology, including biomedical sciences, semiconductors, and emerging financial technologies, among other things.


Support for Small Business

In 2020, EXIM approves $164 million in support of American small businesses.

EXIM Extends COVID-19 Emergency Relief

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, EXIM provides maximum financing flexibility to facilitate sales of U.S. goods and services abroad.

EXIM Board Votes to Reform and Renew Public-Private Partnership with PEFCO

EXIM's Board of Directors votes to renew its partnership with the Private Export Funding Corporation (PEFCO) for 25 years and approves key reforms to the EXIM-PEFCO partnership.

EXIM Hosts First Ever Virtual Annual Conference

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, EXIM hosts its 2020 Annual Conference on a virtual platform to provide wider access for more businesses to participate in the events -- the largest conference in EXIM’s history to date with more than 1,700 registrants from across the United States and globe.

EXIM Approves Financing for Mozambique LNG Project

In its largest deal to date, EXIM approved $4.7 billion in financing to support U.S. exports for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located in northern Mozambique.

EXIM hosts 2020 G12 Heads of Export Credit Agencies Meeting

EXIM hosts the 2020 G12 Heads of Export Credit Agencies meeting virtually and issues the first-ever G12 joint statement.


EXIM Board Adopts New Procedures to Implement Provisions of its Historic 2019 Congressional Reauthorization

New EXIM, U.S. Department of State Procedures Improve National Interest Review Process, Including with Respect to Risks Posed by the People's Republic of China

EXIM Announces Chair's Council on Climate to Advise on Increasing Support for U.S. Clean Energy Exports

EXIM Will Work with State, USTDA, and Other Federal Agencies to Strengthen Clean Energy Project Pipeline and Maximize Resources

EXIM Announces New Business Development and Outreach Division

The Office of Global Finance Development Will Lead Marketing and Engagement with the Private Sector and International Stakeholders Regarding EXIM Medium- and Long-Term Programs


Reta Jo Lewis Sworn in as EXIM Bank President and Chair

Reta Jo Lewis became the first Black woman to head EXIM since its founding in 1934. Lewis was sworn in as EXIM’s President and Chair by Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris. The ceremony took place at the Vice President’s ceremonial office at the White House in Washington, D.C.

EXIM Announces New Council on Advancing Women in Business

EXIM announced the creation of a new Council on Advancing Women in Business as a subcommittee of the agency’s Advisory Committee. The Council provides recommendations on ways EXIM can reach more women in business and better consider equity goals set in the agency’s strategy.

Judith Pryor Sworn in as First Vice President and Vice Chair of EXIM Board of Directors

Judith DelZoppo Pryor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown as First Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of EXIM. Pryor replaces James Cruse, EXIM’s Senior Vice President of Policy Analysis and International Relations, who served in an acting capacity as First Vice President and Vice Chair since January 20, 2021.

EXIM Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Make More in America Initiative

New Tool Unlocks Key Financing Opportunities for U.S. Exporters to Support American Jobs and Increase Competitiveness

EXIM Board of Directors Authorizes $811 Million Loan Guarantee for U.S. Aviation Exports, Support Approximated 4,500 U.S. Jobs

Owen Herrnstadt Sworn in by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar as Member of EXIM Board of Directors

Owen E. Herrnstadt was ceremonially sworn in by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the EXIM.

EXIM Hosts Global Delegations During 2022 Fall IMF-World Bank Week

EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis concluded a week of engagements and bilateral discussions with domestic and international delegations alongside the 2022 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group.

EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis Wraps Up Successful First Trip to Africa

EXIM Chair Lewis concluded a successful two-week engagement in Africa in fulfillment of EXIM’s congressional mandate to increase support to sub-Saharan Africa. The first EXIM Chair to visit Africa in many years, Chair Lewis touted a new era of U.S.-Africa relations as she met with leaders in Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Egypt.

EXIM Chair Lewis Signs More Than $1 Billion in Memoranda of Understanding with African Financial Institutions at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

EXIM President and Chair Lewis signed three MOU worth more than $1 billion with African financial institutions in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum (USABF) Deal Room at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The deal totals were also announced by the Biden-Harris Administration in a fact sheet.


EXIM Chair Lewis Joins Vice President Kamala Harris in Africa As She Announces New $500 Million EXIM MOU with Tanzania

Vice President Kamala Harris announced that EXIM Bank and the Government of Tanzania will sign a MOU to facilitate up to $500 million in U.S. export financing to Tanzania to deepen the commercial relationship between the two countries. The MOU will support exports in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, transportation, digital technology, climate and energy security, and power generation and distribution projects. EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis traveled to Zambia and Kenya in support of Vice President Harris’ mission, meeting with business leaders, government representatives and partners to expand EXIM’s footprint on the continent.

EXIM Approves More Than $900M for Solar Energy Project in Angola

The project is EXIM’s Largest Renewable Energy Transaction to date, and advances President Biden’s flagship Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), which aims to advance digital and energy infrastructure worldwide. The transaction also falls under EXIM’s China and Transformational Exports Program (CTEP), a congressionally mandated program to support U.S. exporters facing foreign competition from China.

Export-Import Bank of the United States Approves First-Ever Term Financing for Domestic Manufacturing

$4.7 Million Direct Loan Marks First Transaction Authorized Under EXIM’s Make More in America Initiative

EXIM Authorized More Than $8.7 Billion in Transactions During Fiscal Year 2023

FY23 Marks Strongest Year Since EXIM’s 2019 Reauthorization

EXIM Announces Support for Electric Aircraft Domestic Manufacturing Facility During 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum

Second Transaction Authorized Under EXIM’s Make More in America Initiative; Will Support Hundreds of U.S. Jobs

The transaction is the second deal authorized under EXIM’s Make More in America initiative and is estimated to support 400 clean energy jobs in Vermont.


Congressman Spencer Bachus Sworn in for Second Term at Export-Import Bank of the United States Board of Directors

Director Bachus was officially sworn in on January 3, 2024, for a term through January 2027.


[i] Executive Order 6581, is external)

[ii] For further information on the First and Second Export-Import Banks see William Becker and William McClenahan, The Market, the State, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003): 10-40.

[iii] Export-Import Bank Extension, P.L. 90-267, 82 Stat. 47, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964–1968, Volume VIII, International Monetary and Trade Policy, Document 197, pp. 553-554 , is external)