Reta Jo Lewis, the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of State is responsible for serving the global needs of U.S. intergovernmental officials and the entities they represent. Ms. Lewis works to build and enhance relationships between state and local officials in the U.S. and their foreign counterparts around the world. She also promotes effective local governance and local capacity building efforts and serves as a point of entry for the global needs and goals of U.S. state and local officials. Special Representative Lewis collaborates with other Department bureaus to strengthen the Secretary and Administration’s priorities. Specifically, the office of the Special Representative focuses on international issues such as urbanization, city planning, food security, global health, climate change, trade and economic development, and energy and how these affect local officials in the U.S. and internationally. Previously, Special Representative Lewis also served as the Director of Business Outreach on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, as Vice President and Counselor to the President at the United States Chamber of Commerce and in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs. She has also worked in the private sector as a partner at a prestigious law firm developing relationships with state and local officials, multilateral organizations, firm entrepreneurs and business owners on investment, financial and energy projects.
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