Reta Jo Lewis
Attorney & 2014 Candidate for D.C. Mayor
Reta Jo Lewis is a public servant, attorney, and diplomat. She has spent her entire adult life in service to her community and country and has a national reputation as an advocate for the inclusion of minorities and women in all segments of government, business and society. She is currently a Democratic candidate for Mayor of Washington, D.C.
Reta has held executive leadership positions in all levels of government. Most recently, Reta was appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She represented the United States on five continents and served as the Department’s lead negotiator in executing historic state and local agreements with countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Reta served as Special Assistant to the President in former President Bill Clinton’s Administration where she served as the liaison between the White House and federal, state and local officials, constituency groups, and opinion leaders.
Earlier in her career, Reta was National Tour Director for Nelson Mandela’s eight-city U.S.A. tour following Mr. Mandela’s 27-year incarceration. Reta provided advice and counsel to ANC Leader Mandela and other South African officials.
In addition to being a partner at an international law firm, Reta also served as the first African American woman Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she designed and executed the Chamber’s first-ever programs designed specifically for women- and minority-owned businesses and business leaders.
Reta has been involved in numerous national and community organizations, including Executive Women in Government, International Women’s Forum, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and her local church. She holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a M.S.A.J. from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University. Reta has resided in Washington, D.C. for more than 35 years.