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  • U.S. Ambassador to China (2017-2020)
  • Longest serving governor in U.S. history
  • During his tenure, Ambassador Branstad’s two greatest achievements were the signing of the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China in January of 2020 and successfully lobbying the Chinese government to stem the flow of fentanyl into America
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  • Senior Fellow, the Director of Congressional Affairs, and a member of the leadership team at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Over 25 years of global affairs, public policy, legal, legislative, regulatory and political experience
  • During the Obama Administration, Reta served as the U. S. Department of States’ first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, under Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry from 2010 to 2013. She was the lead interlocutor in negotiating and executing the first historic agreements to solidify subnational cooperation and engagement efforts with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries and with targeted countries in the European Union
  • She serves as a Member of the Biden National Finance Committee, National Security Leaders for Biden, a Biden member of the Rules Committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and she is the National Chair of Women of Color for Biden

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