Loida Nicolas-Lewis is a Filipino-born lawyer, businesswoman, author, and philanthropist.
Lewis earned a law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law and was admitted to the
Philippine Bar in 1968. In 1974, Lewis became the first Filipino woman to pass the New York State Bar
Exam without having studied at a United States law school.
Lewis gained recognition as the Chairwoman and CEO of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc., a $2 billion multinational food company with operations across Europe. She assumed leadership of the company in February 1994, a year after the passing of her husband, Reginald F. Lewis, who had been TLC Beatrice’s first chairman and CEO.
Lewis served for ten years as General Attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. With her experience in immigration law, Lewis became an author, including co-authoring the popular “How to Get A Green Card.”
Lewis has also been an active philanthropist. She is a founder and former National Chairwoman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, the Chair and Co-Founder of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, and a Board Member of the Philippine Development Foundation. Lewis is one of the founders of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and supports numerous civic causes both in the United States and the Philippines.
Lewis resides in New York City and continues to carry on the philanthropic work of her husband as the Chair of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation.