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Stephen Renna
Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer | Export-Import Bank of the United States
Stephen Renna

Stephen Renna is a Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer at The Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Previously, Mr. Renna served as Executive Director of the Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he facilitated U.S. companies bidding on foreign government contracts through supportive U.S. government communications to foreign government officials. Under his leadership, the Advocacy Center successfully facilitated more than 100 contract wins for U.S. companies that include more than $75 billion in U.S. export content.

Mr. Renna has more than 30 years of experience working in the legal, policy, and trade association professions.

He is a successful trade association executive having turned around and led two trade associations and served as a senior executive at a third.  Mr. Renna also is a subject matter expert in complex real estate equity and finance structures and capital markets.  

Mr. Renna was the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Source Association Strategies, a consulting firm dedicated to helping trade associations, coalitions and other business organizations maximize deliverables by optimizing structure, performance and execution.

He served for five years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). During this time, he grew revenues from $4 million to more than $9 million.  Membership increased from 200 to more than 300 companies and became diversified across all types of industries. 

Prior to joining CREFC, Mr. Renna was President of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). Collectively, they manage more than $1 trillion of assets.

In this role, Mr. Renna turned an underperforming association into an industry-relevant and fiscally sound organization.  He expanded and honed his knowledge of the investment management sector which is based on the investment fund platform. 

Mr. Renna also was Senior Vice President and Counsel at The Real Estate Roundtable, a Washington, DC based national public policy organization representing the commercial and multifamily real estate industry.  

His 10 years with the Roundtable centered on tax policy affecting the industry.  This included taxation of buildings as well as taxation of entities through which commercial real estate is developed, acquired, disposed of and invested in.

Mr. Renna was responsible for enacting important legislative and regulatory policy initiatives and defending against the enactment of a myriad of policy initiatives that threatened the industry.  He led the Roundtable’s policy committee comprised of the foremost real estate tax practitioners in the country.

Mr. Renna practiced law and specialized in real estate taxation, partnerships and public and privately placed investment syndications. 

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC and his BA with honors from Fairfield University. He is admitted to the District of Columbia and Connecticut bar associations.