James Prusky '96
Crecera Finance Company
James Prusky is a partner in Crecera Finance Company, a trade finance investment fund established to support small and medium sized 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 the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), and numerous other European Development Finance Institutions. Crecera has successfully provided noncorrelated risk adjusted returns to its investors since 2003 while simultaneously providing critical trade finance funding to underserved Latin American agricultural and raw materials commodity producers.
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, Asia, and Latin America. He spent four years at the US Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration), where he worked on US trade policy and coordinated US business involvement in several presidential summit meetings between the United States, Russia, and Eastern European countries.Mr. Prusky is a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the United States. 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.