Reta Jo Lewis

Reta Jo Lewis, Esq., Secretary, is a Senior Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Previously, she was appointed Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs by the Secretary of State in January 2010. Ms. Lewis led the negotiations and engagement efforts that established the first collaboration frameworks for the U.S.- China, U.S.- Brazil, U.S.- India, and U.S. – Russia Memorandums of Understanding to Support Subnational Cooperation.

She was the principal negotiator between U.S. and China on the establishment of the first U.S. – China Governors Forums that have resulted in four U.S. – China subnational bilateral exchanges, including one conducted by Vice President Joseph Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February 2012.

Formerly, she was a partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Ms. Lewis holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, an M.S.A.J. from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Ms. Lewis also served in the Clinton White House from 1993-1995. As Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, she was the senior domestic political advisor for the Summit of the Americas, and as principal staff coordinator for the White House Task Forces on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and the 1994 FIFA World Cup of Soccer.



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