Fred P. Hochberg

Fall 2017 Resident Fellow

Former chairman & president, U.S. Export-Import Bank

Fred P. Hochberg is a seasoned business executive and government leader, who has navigated organizations through rough waters and brought them to new heights. He recently concluded eight years of service as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), where he became the longest serving Chairman in the agency’s history and one of the highest-ranking LGBT Americans in any U.S. administration.

From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City. From 1998 to 2001, Hochberg served as Deputy, and then Acting Administrator of the SBA in the Clinton administration.  Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation, where he led the transformation of a small, family-owned mail order company into an international, publicly traded direct marketing corporation. Hochberg is a past Board Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Citizens Budget Commission, and a Director of FINCA International Micro Finance, Fusion Telecommunications, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and the Lillian Vernon Corporation. He was also an appointed representative to the New York State Financial Control Board.

Throughout his career in business, academic and public service, Hochberg has been a champion of expanding LGBT rights and promoting LGBT leadership in all sectors of the economy. He served as a board member and later as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign, and is the founder of the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows Scholarship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Hochberg received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his MBA from Columbia University. Hochberg’s partner is writer Tom Healy.