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Partner, Crecera Finance Company
James Prusky is a partner and co-founder in Crecera Finance Company, a trade finance investment fund established to support small and medium sized (SME) agricultural and commodity exporters in Latin America. He has helped build Crecera from inception and is responsible for developing strategy, new business, and debt and equity financing sources for the firm. Crecera is backed by university endowments and foundations, as well as private investors, and receives funding from numerous multilateral finance institutions in the US and Europe. Crecera has provided non-correlated risk adjusted returns to its investors since 2003 while simultaneously providing critical trade finance funding to underserved Latin American agricultural and raw materials producers. Its facilities support over 150,000 farming, fishing and industrial jobs throughout Latin America.
He was previously Vice President of Global Market Development at Citigroup where he developed new corporate banking products, and spent several years in Citibank’s corporate bank in the emerging markets, working in Europe (London, Budapest), Asia (Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore) and Latin America (Bogota, Buenos Aires). He spent four years at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where he worked on U.S. international trade policy, and coordinated U.S. Fortune 100 business involvement in Presidential summit meetings between the U.S., Russia and Eastern European countries.
Mr. Prusky is a Board member of the Northside Center for Early Childhood Development, a nonprofit that provides important behavioral and mental health services to children and families living in poverty in New York. He also serves on the Board of the Jerome Chazen Institute for International Business at Columbia Business School and has served on the Board of HIAS, the oldest international immigration refugee and resettlement agency in the U.S. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BS from the University of Vermont. He lives with his family in New York City.
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