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Reta Jo Lewis

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Reta Jo Lewis

President and Chair, EXIM Board of Directors
Reta Jo  Lewis

On February 16, 2022, Reta Jo Lewis was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris as President and Chair of EXIM’s Board of Directors. Lewis is a senior executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in international affairs, law, business, and public policy. Previously, Lewis was Senior Fellow and Director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she led diplomacy initiatives and bipartisan exchanges for members of Congress and European legislators. Prior to GMF, she served at the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton as the first Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, building strategic relationships between international, national, state, and local leaders. In 2013, she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award. Lewis was the first Black woman officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, working as Vice President and Counselor to the President. She led the Chamber’s strategic alliances between small businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Board Member of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. A native of Statesboro, Georgia, Lewis received a J.D. from Emory University, M.S.A.J. from American University, and B.A. from the University of Georgia.