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Attorney Raul R. Herrera is VSU’s Newest Board of Visitor

Published date: June 18, 2019

Attorney Raul R. Herrera

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Raul R. Herrera, an attorney with Arnold & Porter LLP, to the Virginia State University (VSU) Board of Visitors. Gov. Northam also reappointed Michael Flemming, general counsel, Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Glenn D. Sessoms, a retired FedEx executive; and Wayne Turnage, deputy mayor for Washington, D.C., Health and Human Services, to the VSU Board. 

“On behalf of the VSU Board of Visitors, it is indeed my pleasure to welcome Attorney Herrera to the Board,” said Huron F. Winstead, who serves as the Rector for the Board of Visitors. “With his extensive credentials, I look forward to working with him as the Board continues its diligent work in governing Virginia State University.”

At Arnold & Porter LLP, Herrera concentrates on international matters with particular emphasis in international corporate and financing transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more than 25 years, he has been involved in transactions in every country of the region on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including private, public, and multilateral entities. 

“It is an honor to welcome Mr. Herrera as the newest member of the VSU Board of Visitors,” said VSU President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. “With Mr. Herrera’s wealth of expertise, it will be an honor to work alongside him with the other members of the VSU Board of Visitors.”

Herrera represents lenders, including multilateral and bilateral agencies as well as commercial banks, host governments, and sponsors with the development and financing of projects and private equity funds across a wide range of industry sectors. He is knowledgeable of deal structures, procedural requirements and policy directives of agency lenders. With the depth of his regional experience, Herrera is often called to resolve client disputes throughout Latin America. Previously he served as the general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the private sector multilateral financial institution affiliated with the Inter-American Development Bank. In addition, Herrera has experience in international arbitration matters. He speaks Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese.

In 2017, Herrera served as interim general counsel and legal director of the Green Climate Fund at the organization's headquarters in the Republic of Korea while remaining a partner of the firm. He is a frequent speaker on such topics as project finance, international arbitration, and the economic development of and investment opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

President Abdullah also acknowledged Gov. Northam’s decision to reappoint Flemming, Sessoms and Turnage to the Board.

“I wholeheartedly welcome back Visitors Flemming, Sessoms and Turnage,” Abdullah said. “Over the years, they have provided great leadership and expertise in their roles as visitors.”

The VSU Board of Visitors consists of 15 members who serve as the governing body for the University.

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