Ms. Wexler served as an Assistant to President Carter for Public Liaison from 1978-1981. As his chief deputy charged with building support for White House programs and policies, Ms. Wexler is credited with ushering in a new form of public advocacy by engaging the strategic use of outside coalitions and grassroots networks.
Previously, Ms. Wexler served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, coordinating the department’s programs and field operations and directing the department’s Office of State and Local Governments. During her tenure at Commerce, Ms. Wexler also served as Chair of the President’s Task Force on Women Business Owners.
Ms. Wexler currently serves as a Director of the Dreyfus Family of Funds. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Boards of the Washington Economic Club, The Community Foundation, the National Parks and Conservation Association and WETA, Washington’s Public Broadcasting Station.
In 1989, Ms. Wexler received the Bryce Harlow Award, presented annually to the government relations professional representing the highest standards of integrity and excellence. In 2002, Wexler received the Order of Australia in recognition of her distinguished service in the pursuit of American-Australian relations, an honor seldom conferred on non-Australians.
Ms. Wexler received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College. Skidmore also awarded her the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1972 and the Most Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Skidmore College and an Honorary Doctor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant College. She is married to Dr. Joseph Duffey, Senior Vice President of Laureate Education, Inc.