Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the candidates running for D.C. mayor in 2014. Click here to read all the profiles.
Reta Jo Lewis has lived in the District for 35 years. A native of Statesboro, Georgia, she moved to D.C. to earn her master’s degree at American University.
Among the highlights of a career in public service that began in 1978, Lewis has worked as chief of staff at D.C.’s Department of Public Works, served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and was appointed lead ambassador for the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
During her time traveling the world for the State Department, the first-time mayoral candidate says she would frequently talk about transparency and accountability, but could not reconcile those concepts with the place she lived. “I looked at my own hometown and realized that was not happening at home.”