The Honorable Carole L. Brookins
The Honorable Carole L. Brookins served from 2001 to 2005 as the United States Executive Director to The World Bank in Washington, D.C. An international consultant, she is currently a Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors LLC (PCA), as well as a director on both corporate and non-profit boards. These include Climate Exchange plc, the Chicago Climate Exchange. She is a Zogby International Advisory Board member and a Counselor on the International Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) Board. Ms. Brookins is a Special Advisor to NTR plc Board and a member of the GVEP International (Global Village Energy Partnership) Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Rabobank North American Agribusiness Advisory Board. In 2006, she co-founded Public Capital Advisors LLC (PCA), where she is a Managing Director. PCA is an advisory firm directed toward providing financial advice to national and municipal governments in emerging markets for infrastructure finance.
Ms. Brookins served from 2001 to 2005 as the United States Executive Director to The World Bank Group in Washington, DC. She represented the US government as the largest shareholder on the Board of Executive Directors. Appointed by the President, she was confirmed by the US Senate in the summer of 2001. The World Bank is an official development Bank owned by 185 countries with the mission of reducing poverty and increasing economic and social growth and development. The Group supports private sector investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The Bank also provides policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries with the mission to improve the investment climate, reduce poverty and raise the living standards of people in the developing world.
Prior to her government appointment, she was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of World Perspectives, Incorporated (WPI), from 1980 to 2001. WPI is a Washington-based strategic advisory providing information, analysis and consulting services to international commodity, financial and government clients from 1980 to 2001. She has been called upon by clients around the world for her work as a policy and trade strategist and is widely recognized for her expertise on the global political economy and its effect on agricultural and food markets. Ms. Brookins founded World Perspectives in 1980 after seven years as Vice President in the Commodities Department of E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc. in New York City, where she spent extensive time in Washington analyzing international events and policies impacting commodity markets.
Ms. Brookins began her career in 1967 as a Municipal Bond Underwriter for A.G. Becker and Company in Chicago and entered the commodity field with the Chicago Board of Trade in 1972 before joining E.F. Hutton.
Ms. Brookins was a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) and served as chairman of the Committee’s Sanctions Working Group. President George Bush appointed her to membership on the President's Export Council in December of 1990. In December 1984, Ms. Brookins was named Chairman of the Department of State's private sector Advisory Committee on Food, Hunger and Agriculture in Developing Countries, mandated by President Reagan.
She was a member of the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC) from 1988 and chaired the 23-member economy group’s Food and Agriculture Forum. Ms. Brookins developed and served as Co-Chair of the APEC-PECC joint project on Regional Integration for Sustainable Economies (RISE). RISE was a multi-sectoral initiative to accelerate the development of secondary cities and strengthen rural linkages to markets in APEC economies. She was also a member of the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and its Food Committee.
Ms. Brookins previously served on the Board of Directors of Terra Industries Inc., a leading producer of nitrogen and methanol, as well as on the boards of the international development trust Winrock International, U.S. PECC, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) and The Atlantic Council. She also served as a member of the North American Advisory Board of Rabobank International and the International Advisory Committee of CoBank, the World Agricultural Forum Advisory Board and the Advisory Council to Save the Children. She was honored by the Government of France with the Merit Agricole in 1987 and in 2003, as Woman of the Year by the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT); and, in 2002 as the University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumna.