Former Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has been named chair of the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. After nineteen years of dedicated service as chair, Ambassador Carla A. Hills will become honorary chair and remain on the board. Secretary Lew is the tenth chair of NCUSCR and is the fourth former cabinet member and second treasury secretary to serve in that role.

Secretary Lew served as the 76th Treasury Secretary from 2013 to 2017, during which time he was co-head of the American delegation to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. He previously served as White House chief of staff, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Currently, he is a visiting professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Managing Partner at Lindsay Goldberg.

“The manner in which America and China conduct their security, economic, and political relationships in the coming years will have a profound impact on the policy dynamics of the entire global community,” Secretary Lew said. “By educating leaders and creating opportunities for dialogue, the National Committee will play an important role in helping the two countries navigate this critical period in their relationship. It is an honor to succeed Carla Hills, who served so ably for almost two decades as chair of NCUSCR.”

“In his roles at treasury, state, OMB, and the White House, Jack Lew admirably served this country,” said Ambassador Hills. “Now, as chair of NCUSCR, he will serve our country by leading the National Committee at a time when constructive Sino-American relations will be essential to confronting the global challenges of the 21st century.”

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages understanding of Greater China and the United States among citizens of both countries. Since 1966, it has fostered forthright discussion and communication through a range of initiatives that include Congressional briefings and delegations to China; public education programs; and dialogues among leaders from both countries to address critical issues such as security, politics, maritime disputes, and healthcare, digital and economic relations. The National Committee played a leading role in Ping Pong diplomacy by hosting the 1972 U.S. visit of the Chinese table tennis team and has since hosted every senior Chinese leader visiting the United States from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping. The Committee’s continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource.

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