Sandra Donzella has been with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (“EXIM Bank”) for 19 years. She is the Deputy Managing Director of EXIM’s West Regional Office, responsible for business development and outreach efforts in the Western Region of the country.
Sandra joined EXIM Bank in 2001 after spending nearly a decade in International Banking, where she specialized in Trade Finance and directly worked with EXIM Bank’s programs. She has also been involved in temporary assignments at EXIM’s Bank Trade Credit Insurance Division as a Portfolio Manager and Underwriter for the West Region.
Sandra is based in San Diego at the offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was born in Chile, moved to the United States in 1980, and became a U.S. citizen in 1992. She received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1991.
Jeff Deiss (pronounced “Deese”) is an export finance loan officer with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), a role he has held since 2011. He is one of 21 such SBA Export Finance Managers in the nation who provide export financing assistance as part of the suite of services available from multi-agency US Export Assistance Centers (USEAC’s). After 2 years in Portland, Oregon, Jeff opened SBA’s San Francisco, California export office in late 2013. Jeff works with exporters and commercial lenders in northern and central California to find export financing solutions for small businesses. In addition, he serves as the Export Finance Director for SBA’s team of Export Finance Managers in the Western US, a role he assumed in 2014.
Prior to joining SBA, Jeff was involved in commercial lending at USDA Rural Development where he was responsible for delivering a variety of financing programs to address the needs of rural communities. He began his career with USDA in 1983 doing agricultural lending.
Jeff holds an MS and BS from the University of California Davis, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.