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World Bank
The U.S. and Foreign Service Commercial Service Liaison Office to the World Bank.

World Bank

The World Bank Group is the largest development finance institution in the world. Established in December 1945 following ratification of the Bretton Woods agreements to facilitate post-World War II reconstruction, today it is dedicated to achieving two overarching goals: ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3 percent by 2030; and promoting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent for every country.

The World Bank Group is a family of five international organizations that provides debt financing to governments of middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, concessional financing (interest-free loans and grants) to governments of the world’s poorest countries, financing and investment in the private sector, political risk insurance (guarantees) to investors and lenders, and facilities for conciliation and arbitration of investment disputes.


The Global Markets/Commercial Service (GM/CS) Liaison Office to the World Bank (GM/CS World Bank) is an integral part of the Office of the U.S. Executive Director. GM/CS World Bank’s mission is to help American exporters take advantage of commercial opportunities through the World Bank’s numerous projects. American exporters can turn to GM/CS World Bank for:

  • Counseling - One-on-one consultations on how to do business with the World Bank
  • Market Intelligence - Information on trends, developments, and upcoming and active projects and procurement opportunities
  • Networking - Meetings with World Bank officials, arrangement of roundtables, seminars, brown bag lunches, etc.
  • Advocacy - Inter-agency U.S. Government support for American exporters competing for public procurements
  • Troubleshooting - Assistance in interfacing with World Bank officials to address questions, concerns and grievances
The U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Office to the World Bank

Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 458-0120


Kelly Rzendzian

Commercial Advisor 
Office of the U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank
Phone: (202) 394-5619

Barbara White

International Trade Specialist
Phone: (202) 623-3822