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Kevin Nealer Sworn in as Member of OPIC Board of Directors

January 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Government’s development finance agency, announced today that Kevin G. Nealer, a principal and partner in The Scowcroft Group, was sworn in as a member of OPIC’s Board of Directors. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield conducted the swearing-in at OPIC headquarters.

OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth Littlefield swears in OPIC Board Member Kevin G. Nealer with a handshake
OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth Littlefield swears in Board Member Kevin G. Nealer.

President Obama announced Mr. Nealer’s nomination to the OPIC Board on August 4. His nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate on December 14.

“Kevin Nealer has expertise in the fields of overseas investment, international trade law, and intergovernmental relations – all of which will bear directly, and beneficially, on OPIC’s work,” said Ms. Littlefield. “We are pleased and fortunate that Kevin has joined OPIC’s team.”

Mr. Nealer said, “I am honored by the opportunity to contribute to OPIC’s important development work in emerging markets. OPIC’s model for development finance, involving American entrepreneurship in profitable investments – and at no net cost to the U.S. taxpayer – puts the agency at the cutting edge of U.S. foreign policy.”

At the Scowcroft Group, an international business advisory firm, Mr. Nealer has lead responsibility for the firm’s support for the investment community, providing analysis to leading currency and equity/debt traders. In addition, he assists industrial and financial clients in project planning and implementing investment and work-out strategies. He has developed regulatory and government affairs solutions for clients, including the largest American investor in China, international banks, and leading private equity funds.

Prior to joining The Scowcroft Group, Mr. Nealer served as a trade and international economic advisor to the Senate Democratic Leadership, was a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, advised multinational clients on investment issues, project finance, and trade law/policy as a principal in the consulting affiliate of Washington’s largest law firm, and served as Vice President for corporate affairs with a leading government strategies practice. A former Fulbright professor in the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Nealer has served as a lecturer, program moderator, and adjunct professor of trade law and policy at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and senior associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr. Nealer is the author of numerous articles on political economy, including co-authoring the Council’s report Beginning the Journey:  China, the United States, and the WTO.  He is a consultant to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities on trade and economic security issues.  Mr. Nealer is a member of the international advisory board of Ancora Capital Management Pte, Ltd., and the board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.  He is a member of Habitat for Humanity Partners Council, CARE’s President’s Circle, and the University of Michigan’s John Monteith Legacy Society.

Mr. Nealer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.