African-American Women Trailblazers in Foreign Policy
Editor's Note: GMF's Reta Jo Lewis was among the honorees of the Women's Foreign Policy Group's list of African-American Women Trailblazers in Foreign Policy for her contributions to international affairs.
Reta Jo Lewis is a senior fellow and director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund. Previously, she served as the State Department’s first Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs (2010-2013), charged with leading engagement between state and local leaders and their counterparts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. She served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was the first African-American women to serve as an officer at the US Chamber of Commerce, focusing on small business and outreach to women and minority owned businesses. In 1990, she led Nelson Mandela’s national tour.