Curriculum Vitae


Former  Congresswoman Eva Clayton has  re- established her consultant firm, Eva Clayton Associates International, Inc to assist institutions, organizations, businesses, and communities to meet their goals.  In 2006 she completed a three year-assignment with the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome Italy as Assistant Director-General and Special Adviser to the Director-General; (ambassadorial rank). She was responsible for encouraging the establishment of Alliances and Partnerships in different countries of the world to fight hunger and poverty. More than 40 countries have Alliances in various stages of development. 

 She served with distinction for ten years as the U.S. Representative of North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. While in Congress, she served on Agriculture and Budget Committees and as ranking member of the Agriculture Department’s Operations Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittees. She was a conferee on 2002 Farm Bill and is credited for leadership on maintaining high support for nutritional programs, rural development, civil rights and support for minority farmers in the final version of the Farm Bill.

  She was co-chair of the Rural Caucus (bi-partisan), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and president of her freshmen class.

Congresswoman Clayton made history in November 1992 when she became the first woman and the African-American woman to be elected to Congress from the State of North Carolina.

Before going to Congress, Eva Clayton was a member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners, serving as Chairperson from 1982 to 1990. During her tenure, she was named “Outstanding North Carolina County Commissioner” by her fellow North Carolina Commissioners.
Her career experience included, business woman, state and university administrator and teacher


She remains an active member of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Henderson, NC.  She was chosen by the Presbyterian Church of USA as a “Woman of Faith in Public Service” at its 2003 General Assembly.

Clayton received her Bachelor of Science Degree for Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and a Master of Science Degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham and also attended law school.
  She is the recipient of eight (8) honorary doctorate degrees from various American universities for her leadership and service. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Clayton, a native of Savannah, Georgia, is the mother of four adult children, Joanne, Theaoseus, Jr., Martin and Reuben. She is married to Attorney Theaoseus T. Clayton, Sr. and they are proud grandparents of six grandchildren.