Rai Services Co.
CHLI Corporate Advisory Council Member
LaKeitha Anderson has over 15 years of experience in the political and government affairs arena. She is currently a Senior Manager of Federal Government Relations for RAI Services Co., where she is responsible for advancing the corporations legislative objectives before Members of Congress, the Administration and other policy makers on issues such as excise taxes and FDA regulations.
LaKeitha a native Texan, began her career as a Legislative Assistant for Texas State Representative Helen Giddings. She continued her political career by next working in the Texas Senate where she worked on legislation ranging from education enrichment and school finance to economic development. Most notably she was a member of the “Read to Succeed” education task force assembled by then Governor George Bush. Shortly after leaving Texas, she later worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of former City of Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk in both Dallas and Washington, DC.
LaKeitha has worked for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a diversity driven non-profit organization headed by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons; to working as a Government Relations Assistant for the lobbying boutique, Stewart Partners, LLC. Most recently, LaKeitha worked as the Federal Government Relations Coordinator for the City of Dallas.
LaKeitha is a member of the Texas State Society Board of Directors, where she is Chair of the Sponsorship Committee and a member of the Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball Finance Committee. For many years she served on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Corporate Advisory Council. Right now she currently serves on the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Executive Committee and a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church Public Policy Ministry. LaKeitha is very active in various social and professional organizations, such as The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Calibr, an ELC organization.
In addition to being a graduate of the University of North Texas, LaKeitha has an Executive MBA from Georgetown University. Having completed two marathons, she is an avid runner and also enjoys skiing and golfing. She currently resides in Washington, DC.