The Center on Public Diplomacy is delighted to welcome Loida Lewis as the newest member of the CPD Advisory Board. 

Lewis is Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, a family investment firm. As a lawyer admitted to practice in the Philippines and New York, she was the first Filipino woman to pass the New York bar without attending law school in the United States. She served 10 years as General Attorney in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and ultimately won her discrimination case against INS. Afterward, she integrated the agency (now called Citizenship & Immigration Service) and co-authored How to Get A Green Card. She also served as Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, a $2 billion multinational food company with operations all across Europe. She assumed its leadership after the death of her husband, Reginald F. Lewis who engineered a leveraged buyout for $985 million of Beatrice International Food thus becoming the 1st African American to create a billion-dollar company. 

Additionally, Lewis is Chair of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Orchestra Society, U.S. Philippines Society and AAPI Victory Fund; and co-founder of Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance and Global Filipino Diaspora Council.

"Loida is an exceptional leader in business and philanthropy and we are honored that she has agreed to serve on CPD’s Advisory Board," commented Barry A. Sanders, CPD Advisory Board Chair. "Her membership will be a fine enhancement to our distinguished group.”

"I’m thrilled that Loida is joining our Advisory Board, as we continue to expand the Center’s work and impact beyond LA,” said CPD Director Jay Wang.

Her full bio can be found here.

About the CPD Advisory Board

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s Advisory Board comprises prominent figures in various fields related to public diplomacy who are invited to serve for a period of three years. The CPD Advisory Board provides support and strategic guidance to CPD staff regarding the development of the Center as an international resource. For a full list of board members, please click here.


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