Export-Import Bank of the United States Announces Members of 2023-2024 Advisory Councils

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WASHINGTON – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today announced the appointment of its newest members to the four subcommittees of EXIM’s Advisory Committee. The subcommittees are the: Council on Climate, Council on China Competition, Council on Advancing Women in Business and Council on Small Business.

The councils advise EXIM on its various programs and initiatives as the agency works to advance key EXIM and Biden-Harris Administration priorities.

“I look forward to working with this year’s diverse group of council appointees,” said EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis. “The recommendations and insights we receive from our Advisory Councils are an integral part to the successful execution of the EXIM mission. As we endeavor to advance the competitiveness of America’s exporters while supporting Biden-Harris Administration priorities, I am eager to see how the work of our councils shape the Bank’s efforts.”

The Council on China Competition consists of 17 members, with Adm. Gary Roughead (Ret.) returning as Chair for his third consecutive term. The council provides guidance on advancing comparative leadership of the United States with respect to China and supporting U.S. innovation and employment through competitive export finance.

The Council on Climate is made up of 19 members and will be led for another term by Co-Chairs Rodney Ferguson, President and CEO of Winrock International, and Rachel Kyte, Dean Emerita of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. The council helps the agency identify gaps in private-sector financing opportunities and fulfill the mandate from Congress for EXIM to promote and support environmentally beneficial, renewable-energy, energy-efficiency, and energy-storage exports from the United States.

The Council on Advancing Women in Business has 16 members, with the Hon. Brenda Lawrence, former Congresswoman and Executive Director of Spill the Honey joining Lezlee Westine, President and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council as Co-Chairs. The Council provides recommendations on ways EXIM can reach more women in business and better consider equity goals set in the agency’s strategy.

The Council on Small Business consists of 18 members and will be Co-Chaired by Nancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta and Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director of Business Development at the World Trade Centers Association. The Council on Small Business provides recommendations on ways EXIM can help more American small business exporters find new markets, achieve more sales, and lower the risk of selling internationally.


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 guarantees, loan 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 United States. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt. Learn more at www.exim.gov.