WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) – Friday, Ryan Brennan, assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. Mr. Brennan previously served as OPIC Vice President for the Office of Investment Policy since September 2017.
“Since arriving at OPIC, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary impact of our private sector investors on some of the most vulnerable populations, often in the most challenging environments in the world,” said Mr. Brennan. “I’m honored to take on this new role and look forward to working with Acting President and CEO David Bohigian to scale OPIC’s impact as we implement the BUILD Act and transform into a 21st-century development finance institution.”
Mr. Brennan has more than 20 years of investment and public policy experience with an emphasis on access to capital for small businesses in rural and highly urban communities. He was most recently Managing Director at Advantage Capital Partners, a U.S.-based venture capital firm with more than $2.3 billion under management, largely focused on investment in communities under-served by traditional financial services.
“Ryan’s leadership as OPIC’s Vice President for Investment Policy and demonstrated commitment to impact make him exceptionally prepared to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer,” said Acting OPIC President and CEO David Bohigian. “I’m thrilled to work alongside Ryan as we transform OPIC and extend our reach across the globe, and know that his leadership will be an invaluable asset to the agency during this important time.”
As Vice President for the Office of Investment Policy at OPIC, Mr. Brennan led a team that measures the expected developmental impact of proposed projects and monitors active projects to ensure that they adhere to high environmental and social standards, respect worker rights, and encourage positive host country development impact.
Mr. Brennan has been an active member in the National Venture Capital Association and the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance in addition to numerous state and local economic development associations. He is the immediate past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley. Mr. Brennan holds a B.S. from Truman State University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.