FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2020
Office of Communications (202) 565-3207
WASHINGTON – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed today addressed the 2020-2021 class of White House Fellows.
In her remarks, Chairman Reed discussed the mission of EXIM—supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports—and the important work the agency has accomplished since May 2019, when President Trump and the U.S. Senate, on an overwhelming bipartisan basis, restored the quorum of EXIM’s Board of Directors, thereby fully re-opening the agency after nearly four years of relative dormancy. During the question and answer session, the Chairman also provided insight into how hard work, diligence, and a desire to learn fostered leadership and laid the foundation for her professional career and commitment to public service.
2020-2021 White House Fellows with Chairman Reed (front row, center), SVP David Trulio (on Chairman Reed’s left), and Director Elizabeth Pinkerton (front row, far right)
“I am the biggest advocate of the White House Fellows program, and I congratulate the 2020-2021 class of White House Fellows. This outstanding group of young professionals not only have the rare opportunity to work at the highest levels of government, but they will be transformed as leaders during their fellowship,” said Chairman Reed. “I also would like to acknowledge and thank EXIM’s very own White House Fellow, Travis Thul, for the incredible contribution he is making at EXIM as he brings his talents to bear with our Program on China and Transformational Exports, one of the most significant efforts in the agency’s 86-year history.”
Chairman Reed was joined by EXIM Counselor to the Chairman and Senior Vice President for the Program on China and Transformational Exports David Trulio.
“I also want to thank Elizabeth Pinkerton, Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, for her leadership and mentorship of the fellows. This program changes lives and builds lifelong connections, and Elizabeth is at its heart,” said Reed.
EXIM Chairman Reed and EXIM’s White House Fellow Travis Thul
The White House Fellows program was founded in 1964, with the purpose of “[providing] gifted and highly motivated young Americans with some first-hand experience in the process of governing the Nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society.”
EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to support sales of U.S. goods and services to international buyers. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, approximately 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt.
For more information about EXIM, please visit www.exim.gov.