Moravian Theological Seminary Board Chair Nominated for White House Post

President Barack Obama has nominated Wilma A. Lewis, chair of the Moravian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, for Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management, Department of the Interior, a key administration post. The announcement was made May 1, 2009.

Wilma A. Lewis has extensive litigation experience with federal trial and appellate complex civil litigation, including class actions as well as internal investigations. She served as managing associate general counsel with Freddie Mac from October 2007 to December 2008 and was a partner at Crowell & Moring from June 2001 to September 2007. She served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia—the first woman appointed by the President to serve in that capacity—from January 1998 to April 2001. During her tenure, she led the largest U.S. Attorney's Office in the country, with responsibility for most federal and local criminal investigations and prosecutions, and most federal civil proceedings on behalf of the United States in the Nation's Capital.  From April 1995 to January 1998, she served as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she oversaw investigative and audit activities.

Ms. Lewis' public service also included tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1986-1993) and as Associate Solicitor for the Division of General Law at the U.S. Department of the Interior (1993-1995). 

Ms. Lewis is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2003, the Harvard Law Bulletin featured Ms. Lewis as one of 50 female graduates of Harvard Law School who have used their legal education "to take them to extraordinary places." Ms. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Swarthmore College in 1978, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1981.