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U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy: Lezlee Westine

Date: 09/13/2010 Description: Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy: Lezlee Westine, Commission Member - State Dept Image

Lezlee Westine is the president and chief executive officer of the Personal Care Products Council, the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry, representing the most innovative names in beauty today. The Council serves as the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative, and international issues for more than 600 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.

Before joining the Personal Care Products Council, Westine served as president and CEO of TechNet, directing and overseeing day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the leading bipartisan political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers. In 2005, Westine opened TechNet's first office in Washington, D.C. and served as one of America's most prominent spokespersons for both innovation and the high technology industry. While at TechNet, Westine developed and implemented the organization’s public policy and political agendas, building strong state and federal lobbying programs. Through Westine’s leadership, TechNet grew from an organization of 2 members to more than 200 CEOs and venture capitalists.

From January 2001 to May 2005, Westine served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, managing all White House outreach and coalition development. Westine served as chief communicator with all constituency groups (both business and ethnic), national trade associations, and nonprofit organizations to promote and support the President’s policy initiatives.

Before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2001 to work in the White House, Westine held senior positions at TechNet for four years, including co-CEO, general counsel, vice president of political affairs and vice president of membership.

Prior to joining TechNet in 1997, Westine was director of Governor Pete Wilson's Northern California office for five years. From 1988 to 1992, she practiced elections law with the firm of Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor in San Francisco.

Westine received her B.S. from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from Georgetown.


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