Jude Kearney, a native of Gould and former Clinton administration official, has been named board chair for Winrock International, based in Little Rock.
Kearney is the managing partner of ASAFO & Co. in Washington, D.C., and has served on Winrock’s board since February 2015.
“Not only is Jude an outstanding representative of Winrock because of his personal experience growing up in Arkansas and his professional experience working to develop emerging markets across the globe, Jude is also the first African American Chair in our Board’s history,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson in a statement.
Kearney earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Stanford. Kearney was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Services Industries and Trade Finance, and he was the chief advisor on African policies.
“I’m excited to serve as chair of the Winrock International board of directors,” said Kearney. “I am proud of the work we are doing around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources, and I am eager to support and further those efforts in my new leadership role.”
Kearney has worked extensively in the energy, environmental, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure sectors with engagements in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, China and other Asian countries. He has held several senior-level positions with international law firms in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has lived and worked in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Lagos, Nigeria; and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Additionally, he has participated in various trade and bilateral negotiations, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and market-access negotiations with Japan and China.