CEO, Teresa Clarke. (Courtesy CEO, Teresa Clarke. (Courtesy CEO, Teresa Clarke. (Courtesy


WASHINGTON (The Washington Informer)—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Thursday that CEO Teresa Clarke is among the 15 private sector leaders who have been appointed to President Obama’s newly established Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).

Members of the council – representing the private sector from a variety of industry sectors – were hand-picked to advise the president and the secretary of commerce on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.

“I am grateful to be able to serve the president and the secretary of commerce on a topic about which I have so much passion,” Clarke said. “ has opened the eyes of American business to opportunity in Africa for years through multi-media including our film, Africa Straight Up, and our weekly business newsletters, the Top 10.”

Clarke was appointed to the board based on her twenty years of experience doing business in Africa, her vast business career which includes being the first African-American woman managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, and her founding of which was the only Africa-focused media company selected to be a part of the White House Traveling Press Corps on Obama’s historic trip to Africa in 2013.



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