US-China Business Council appoints Lesley Lopez to lead comms

She took over the role from Marc Ross, who co-founded Caracal Strategies in June.

"China Senate House" by ZhengZhou - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
"China Senate House" by ZhengZhou - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

WASHINGTON: The US-China Business Council has named Lesley Lopez as director of communications and publications.

She has replaced Mark Ross, who remains a consultant to the Council after co-launching Caracal Strategies in June. Lopez is reporting to John Frisbie, president of the organization.

"This is certainly a really interesting time in our commercial relationship with China," said Lopez. "I feel as though I have really been prepared for handling breaking news based on working in the campaign environment and also in advocacy politics."

Lopez’s appointment comes as concerns about the Chinese economy have rocked Western stock markets in recent weeks. US markets bounced back Wednesday morning after dropping sharply on Tuesday due to worries about China. David Joy, chief marketing strategist at Ameriprise Financial, told CNNMoney this week that "a hard landing in China is the biggest threat to the global economic recovery since the financial crisis."

Lopez explained that she learned during political campaigns to be perpetually aware of potential news opportunities, a skill she can use in her new role. It will also allow Lopez to understand "how Fortune 500 companies deal with our most important trade partner," as well as communicating and working in the Chinese market, she added.

Lopez noted that a revamp of the US-China Business Council’s trade publication, China Business Review, is also on her radar.

Before joining the organization last month, Lopez served in a number of public affairs communications roles, including as director of comms for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee from March 2014 through this January. She also worked as communications director for the National Immigration Forum and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, according to her LinkedIn page.

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