James Prusky ’96

Latam Trade Capital

James Prusky is a partner and co-founder in Latam Trade Capital, a specialty finance investment company established to support small and medium sized (SME) firms in Latin America, the US and Europe.  He has helped build the firm from inception and is responsible for developing strategy, new business, and capital sources for the firm.  Latam Trade Capital is backed by some of the world’s largest global investors and receives funding from institutions in the US, Europe and Latin America.  The firm provides critical trade finance and other funding to Latin American agricultural, industrial and raw materials producers.  Its facilities support over 150,000 farming, fishing and industrial jobs throughout Latin America.

He was previously Vice President of Global Market Development at Citigroup where he developed new corporate banking products and spent several years in Citibank’s corporate bank in the emerging markets, working in Europe (London, Budapest), Asia (Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore) and Latin America (Bogota, Buenos Aires).  He spent four years at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where he worked on U.S. international trade policy, and coordinated U.S. Fortune 100 business involvement in Presidential summit meetings between the U.S., Russia and Eastern European countries. 

Mr. Prusky serves on the Board of the Jerome Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia Business School and has in the past served on the Board of HIAS, the oldest international immigration refugee and resettlement agency in the U.S as well as the Northside Center for Early Childhood Development.  He received an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BS from the University of Vermont.  He lives with his family in New York City.