Kimberly Heimert Appointed OPIC General Counsel
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
WASHINGTON – Kimberly Heimert has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.
“Kimberly brings over two decades of diverse experience to OPIC’s leadership team,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO. “She’s worked at law firms domestically and abroad, at a Fortune 10 company and a high-profile U.S. Government lending organization, to name just a few points from her impressive career. I’m looking forward to her vital contributions to OPIC’s global development impact mission.”
Heimert’s most recent position was as Deputy Chief Counsel for Loans Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy. While there, she helped oversee legal aspects of a portfolio of over $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments to energy and manufacturing projects.
Prior to her work for the U.S. Government, Heimert was a Managing Director and Counsel at GE Energy Financial Services, where she led legal teams in energy-related transactions and developed legal policies for clean-tech investments.
Heimert earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in International Studies and Broadcast Journalism from American University. In her private sector career, she also spent over three years in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as the head of Mayer, Brown & Platt and Chadbourne & Parke offices there.
“Kimberly’s unique experience is tailor-made for OPIC’s management staff. She’s worked extensively in developing markets, for the private-sector, for the U.S Government, and in the OPIC priority sector of renewable energy,” added Littlefield. “I’m eager to have her dynamism help guide OPIC’s development finance work.”
OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide. To date, OPIC has supported more than $200 billion of investment in over 4,000 projects, generated an estimated $76 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 278,000 American jobs.