Wide Angle Lunches: Reta Jo Lewis
Reta Jo Lewis
Diplomacy and Statecraft: Leading, Leveraging and Engaging Global Communities
Few people combine as deep an understanding of the White House, the private sector and the US's international partner organizations as our first speaker.
Appointed the Secretary of State's Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs in 2010, Reta Jo Lewis is tasked with building relationships between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. state and local officials and their foreign counterparts around the world.
Special Representative Lewis was previously a partner at an international law firm, Director of Business Outreach for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and Vice President and Counselor to the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to those roles, she acted in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and co-ordinated the White House task force on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 1994 Soccer World Cup. While a lawyer, she was principal liaison to the U.S. Government for the city of Denver's hosting of the 1997 G-8 Summit and Summit of African Leaders that preceded the G-8, and directed the eight-city U.S. tour of ANC leader Nelson Mandela.
She is currently President of Executive Women in Government, holds a M.S.A.J. from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
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