Sharon Sayles Belton

Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, Thomson Reuters

Sharon Sayles Belton is the vice president of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances for Thomson Reuters, Legal. She is responsible for overall management of Thomson Reuters, Government public and private partnerships and alliances. She provides also has oversight and management of the Community Relations programs and community volunteerism.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Sayles Belton served as director of Community Relations and Corporate Philanthropy at GMAC Financial Services. While at GMAC, Sayles Belton developed and national program to help stem the foreclosure crisis.

Sayles Belton served as mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., from 1994 to 2001. She was the first woman and first African American to be elect mayor. During her time in office, she achieved national recognition as an expert on public/private partnerships in public safety, neighborhood revitalization and public private partnerships. She served on the Minneapolis City Council for 10 years (1984-1994) and was council president from 1990-1994.

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