Kristie Pellecchia is Principal at Pellecchia International, which advises businesses on financial strategy, capital markets, policy, sustainability, and partnerships. She is the Former Senior Advisor for Western Hemisphere at the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution. In this role, Ms. Pellecchia served as a key advisor to the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer, providing guidance and leadership on policy and transactional matters for the USD 8.5Bn Western Hemisphere portfolio.
Prior to joining DFC, Ms. Pellecchia spent five years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), where she led the build out of the Loan Syndications platform and considerably increased the bank’s presence in Latin America. Before SMBC, Ms. Pellecchia spent ten years at BNP Paribas in capital markets roles throughout the Americas, generating new business and restructuring the bank’s balance sheet during the financial crisis. Previously, Ms. Pellecchia served in engineering and product management roles at Lucent Technologies.
Ms. Pellecchia’s foreign transactional experience includes working with clients and governmental bodies throughout the hemisphere, and ranges in scope from small project financing to multibillion-dollar corporate securities. She has worked with diverse investors throughout the Americas, such as local banks, regional funds, and large financial institutions.
Ms. Pellecchia serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Strategic Infrastructure Performance Council and as a Non-Resident Affiliate at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), both in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Boards of Directors for the nonprofit organisations Waterkeeper and FundaHigado. She is a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York and has served on the Business Leadership Council of the New York Public Library. In 2018, Ms. Pellecchia was recognised on Crain’s list of “Notable Women in Finance.” Ms. Pellecchia has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. She is fluent in Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese.