Vice President for Investment Funds, Brooks Preston oversees a department which has committed more than $4.4 billion to dozens of emerging market private equity funds since 1987. The Funds team currently manages approximately 50 financial commitments to private equity funds in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Emerging Europe and has the intention to grow the existing portfolio.
Before coming to OPIC, Brooks was the co-managing partner of the Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets and a member of its Investment Committee. VGF EM focused on growth investments in the sustainability sectors in emerging Europe including CEE, Russia/CIS and Turkey.
Prior to founding VGF EM, Brooks was the Principal at Wolfensohn & Company, an emerging market private equity firm led by former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn where Brooks focused on low carbon energy investments in global emerging markets. From 2003 to 2008, Brooks had a number of senior management roles at BP plc in emerging markets, including head of global business development and M&A for BP Solar, and chief of staff to a Group Vice President running 10 large downstream oil businesses with $450 million in EBIT operating across 100 countries, most of them emerging markets.
Brooks was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry at USDA in the Clinton/Gore Administration. He wrote 15 laws passed by the U.S. Senate as Professional Staff Member at the Senate Committee Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he covered forestry. Brooks also managed energy and environment issues for Senator Patrick Leahy.
Brooks has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.