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Reta Jo Lewis

Senior Fellow; Director of Congressional Affairs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

She manages programs, exchanges, and initiatives designed to engage Congress and their national security and foreign policy staffers on a wide range of transatlantic policy issues and on opportunities for transatlantic cooperation between U.S and European legislative and policy leaders. She joined GMF in 2015, as a Senior Resident Fellow with the Transatlantic Leadership Initiative Program, where she focuses on leadership development programming designed to advance global engagement on both sides of the Atlantic. Adviser and speaker on subnational engagement and city international diplomacy strategies, U.S. politics, U.S. transatlantic relations, women empowerment, political and social inclusion, she served as the U.S. State Department’s first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs (2010-13), and worked on cooperation with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), RIO+20 and COP16, COP17 and COP18. Former Director of Business Outreach for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, Vice President and Counselor to the President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the Chamber’s effort focused on the nations’ fastest growing business sectors: women and minority-owned businesses. She was a shareholder in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig and Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs in the Clinton’s administration (1993-95). She is a member of the Nielsen Corporation’s, African-American Advisory Council. She has a JD from Emory University School of Law, a M.S.A.J. in criminal justice from the American University and her BA in political science from the University of Georgia.