Wanda Felton was nominated to serve as vice chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States ("Ex-Im Bank") by President Obama in April 2011 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. She was nominated in June 2013 to a second term. During her tenure at Ex-Im Bank, Ms. Felton voted on approximately $25 billion of financings, spanning global markets and industries. In addition, she traveled extensively to promote the President's National Export Initiative and commercial engagement between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. She led or participated in trade missions to seven African countries to focus attention on trade and investment opportunities. Ms. Felton has been a featured speaker at events sponsored by organizations such as the African Energy Forum, Institutional Investor, Alliance Bernstein and the Corporate Council on Africa.
Ms. Felton began her career at Ex-Im Bank and returned after a career on Wall Street. For 15 years, she focused on private equity, providing portfolio management advice to institutional investors, and subsequently, raising capital. She advised clients across a spectrum of investment strategies from venture capital to large buyouts and turnarounds. During this time, she was able to direct a significant amount of capital to small and mid-sized companies and helped expand access to capital to companies owned by women and minorities. Ms. Felton was at the forefront of bringing U.S. institutional capital to post-apartheid South Africa. Other career milestones include the launch of two global emerging markets funds that steered more than $3.5 billion to emerging markets.
Prior to Ex-Im Bank, Ms. Felton was a managing director at Jefferies, a director at Credit Suisse First Boston and a managing director at Hamilton Lane Advisors. Earlier in her career, she worked in corporate finance. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Felton has served on the boards of numerous philanthropic and arts organizations, including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Howard Theatre Restoration Corporation, the Achievement First Apollo School Board, and the Association of American University Women. She lives outside Washington, DC, and is married to Michael Owens.