Judith Pryor Sworn in as First Vice President and Vice Chair of Export-Import Bank Board of Directors

Pryor Previously Served as Member of the Board
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WASHINGTON – Judith DelZoppo Pryor was sworn in yesterday by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown as First Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).  She 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.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Ms. Pryor on March 30, 2022 with strong bipartisan support.  Vice Chair Pryor previously served on EXIM’s Board during the last administration from May 2019 to January 2021 and extended her service for an additional six months at the request of the Biden-Harris administration.

Vice Chair Pryor brings to EXIM more than 25 years of public and private sector leadership experience working with multinational businesses, primarily in emerging markets.  Prior to EXIM, she served as an appointee during the Obama Administration at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), now the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).  With expertise in corporate communications, marketing, and public policy, her work has focused on the broadcast, satellite communications and international development finance sectors.

“Vice Chair Pryor’s previous experience at EXIM will be invaluable as we begin this chapter and build bold, new partnerships to support American exporters as they navigate the global landscape,” said EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis.  “I look forward to collaborating with Vice Chair Pryor in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. exporters and helping President Biden build a better America through export competitiveness.”

“I am very happy to be returning to EXIM in this new role as First Vice President and Vice Chair of this venerable institution and its worthy mission of supporting U.S. manufacturers and exports,” said Vice Chair Pryor.  “I look forward to working with Chair Lewis and the rest of the EXIM team to accomplish our goals.”


Judith DelZoppo Pryor has spent the majority of her career working with multinational businesses, primarily in emerging markets, and brings to EXIM more than 25 years of business leadership experience in corporate and marketing communications, public affairs, and business development. From Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe, and from international start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her work has focused on the broadcast, satellite communications,  and international finance sectors.

Most recently, Ms. Pryor served on EXIM’s Board of Directors from May 2019 to July 2021.  Her portfolio included Africa and the Middle East, renewable energy, storage and efficiency, and minority and women-owned business.  She also served during the Obama Administration as Vice President, Office of External Affairs, at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).  She was responsible for all external engagement including congressional relations, public affairs, communications, and U.S. small business development.  She was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and held a seat on the Agency’s Investment Committee, providing input on all projects valued at more than $20 million.

Before entering public service, Ms. Pryor spent nearly a decade with WorldSpace Inc., a multibillion-dollar satellite radio start-up company, servicing developing markets worldwide.  As Senior Vice President for global corporate affairs, her work included establishing marketing and communications functions in 11 international offices, taking the company public, serving as corporate spokesperson, and spearheading the strategy and execution for the company’s global brand.

Ms. Pryor held similar positions with COMSAT and Orion Network Systems and has worked with respected advertising and public relations firms.  She began her career in the Washington offices of Gray & Company, continuing with the firm after its acquisition by Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Pryor holds a B.A. in Communications from Bowling Green State University and studied at the Universidad de Madrid.


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.