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Carole Glueck Brookins

Class of 1961
Member U.S. Council on Foreign Relations

Carole Brookins served as United States Executive Director to The World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Brookins represented the U.S. government as the largest shareholder on the Board of Executive Directors. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in the summer of 2001. Ms. Brookins founded World Perspectives in 1980. Ms. Brookins is widely recognized for her expertise on the global political economy and its effect on agricultural and food markets.
 She served as Vice President in the Commodities Department of E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc. in New York City for seven years. Ms. Brookins served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of World Perspectives, Incorporated, Washington-based strategic advisors providing information, analysis and consulting services to international commodity, financial and government clients. She serves as a Director at American Financial Exchange, LLC. Ms. Brookins has been Director of Climate Exchange Limited since November 8, 2006. She serves as Director of Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc. She served as Director of Terra Industries Inc., as well as on the boards of the international development trust Winrock International, U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC), the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and its Food Committee, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) and The Atlantic Council. Ms. Brookins also served as a member of the North American Advisory Board of Rabobank International and the International Advisory Committee of CoBank, the World Agricultural Forum Advisory Board and the Advisory Council to Save the Children.

From Joe Glauber, a senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute:
Very sad news from Gary Blumenthal at World Perspectives about the death of Carole Brookings from COVID-19. Carole was pathbreaker in so many ways -coming up in the commodity markets in the rough and tumble 1970s and then founding her own company, World Perspectives.
From Gary: "It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that World Perspectives founder Carole Brookins died last night after succumbing to the COVID-19 virus. She was 75 years old. She fell ill after returning to Palm Beach from Paris two weeks ago.
She began her career as a municipal bond underwriter in Chicago and then became a market reporter at the CBOT where she came to the attention of the second largest stock brokerage firm, E.F. Hutton. In the 1970’s she rose to become the VP of their Commodity Department.

Carole left Wall Street to create World Perspectives in 1980, saying she was motivated by the grain embargo against the Soviet Union since it revealed the information gap between policymakers and the trade. Because of her intellect and spunk, she was in high demand throughout her life-giving public speeches and providing valuable insight. She was on multiple corporate boards both before and after her appointment and U.S. Senate confirmation as U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank.