Lisa Barry

Former Vice President of Government Affairs, Chevron

Lisa B. Barry is a retired executive whose career spans 35 years of global government relations work in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors in Washington, DC.  Ms. Barry most recently served for a decade as Vice President, Government Affairs at Chevron where she developed a strategic government affairs program that positioned the company as a leading player in Washington policy circles. She played a key role in Chevron’s acquisition of Unocal, in restoring public confidence in the safety of deepwater drilling operations after the BP/Macondo incident and returning the industry to work, in negotiating and passing major free trade agreements, and in creating broader recognition of energy as a major source of economic, foreign policy, and security leadership for the United States.

Ms. Barry was a member of Chevron’s Management Committee and an officer of Chevron, USA. Prior to joining Chevron, Ms. Barry was Senior Vice President, International Public Policy in Time Warner Inc.’s Global Policy Group where she developed and executed the global strategy and policy initiatives to advance the company’s international business and policy agenda.  She was a key member of the AOL team working to establish the first foreign internet service in China, helped shape policy in key AOL & Time Warner overseas markets, and managed for AOL Chairman Steve Case and TW CEO Jerry Levin the Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce, a CEO organization that shaped the global policy and regulatory regime for the internet.

During her nine-year career at The Boeing Company in the 1990s, Ms. Barry served initially as Director of International Trade Policy and later as Vice President for Commercial International Operations and International Trade Policy.  Ms. Barry positioned Boeing as the U.S. company synonymous with exports and international trade, worked with the U.S. government to develop rules governing subsidies in the World Trade Organization, and played a leadership role in the business community’s successful effort to normalize U.S.-China commercial relations. Ms. Barry served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce during the George H.W. Bush Administration, where she was responsible for administering U.S. unfair trade statutes and import programs, including the steel and machine tool restraint agreements.

Between 1987 and 1989, Ms. Barry served in the private sector as Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness.  Between 1980-1986, Ms. Barry was employed at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where she worked on aerospace trade policy issues, the voluntary steel VRA program, multilateral trade negotiations, and export credit issues including the OECD export credit negotiations.  Ms. Barry began her career as a legislative/appropriations staff member for former Congressman Silvio O. Conte (R-MA).  In that position she supported Mr. Conte’s efforts to fund U.S. foreign aid programs and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ms. Barry holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Service, with high honors, from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.