EXIM Announces Members of the 2021-2022 Chair's Council on Climate

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WASHINGTON - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today announced the appointment of 16 members to the newly established Chair's Council on Climate, a subcommittee of EXIM's Advisory Committee. EXIM named Climate Finance Advisors CEO Stacy Swann as Chair of the new council.

The Chair's Council on Climate brings together a diverse group of experts who will advise the EXIM Advisory Committee on how the agency can better support U.S. exporters and American jobs in clean and renewable energy. The new council will help 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.

"As EXIM strengthens our commitment to supporting the growth of clean energy globally, we welcome this diverse group of industry experts," said Acting EXIM President and Chairman James Burrows. "EXIM's Chair's Council on Climate will lead the way in providing insight on export finance for this critically important sector and helping to ensure that the energy innovations of the future are made in America."

"EXIM has a unique role in financing the products and innovations that will drive the global energy transition while supporting American jobs through exports," said CEO of Climate Finance Advisors and Council Chair Stacy Swann. "I am honored to lead the Chair's Council on Climate and look forward to working with this distinguished group from across sectors."

A full list of 2021-2022 members of the Chair's Council on Climate can be found below:


Stacy Swann
Climate Finance Advisors


Nava Akkineni
Vice President of Emerging Markets

Lynee Bradley
Director, Export and Agency Finance Head for North America

Karl Brutsaert
Vice President- Americas
First Solar, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Buchner
Global Managing Director
Climate Policy Initiative

Philippe Delleville
Global Head of Project and Development Finance
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Rodney Ferguson
President and CEO
Winrock International

Lori Helmers
Executive Director
JPMorgan Chase

Adam Hitchcock
Sovereign Infrastructure Group

Maria Korsnick
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute

David Maloney
International Lending
The Provident Bank

Brad Markell
Executive Director
Industrial Union Council

Hugh McDermott
Senior Vice President for Business Development and Sales
ESS Tech, Inc.

Danielle Merfeld
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
GE Renewable Energy

Brian O'Hanlon
Executive Director, Center for Climate Aligned Finance
Rocky Mountain Institute

Nikos Tsafos
Interim Director, Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies


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.