Reginald Lewis has served as the Executive Director of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) since September 2016. Prior to this role, Mr. Lewis served as Executive Director of The Chad School Foundation, Inc., a Newark-based education policy and advocacy organization that seeks to improve conditions in public school systems serving disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Housed at the Rutgers University-Newark’s Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, NCLC is a city-wide effort to increase the number of Newark residents earning a college degree, certificate, or credential to 25% by the year 2025.
Mr. Lewis has more than 15 years of senior management experience from the philanthropic, non-profit, state, and municipal government sectors. He has held positions with the Ford Foundation in New York, New York; Joyce Foundation in Chicago, Illinois; Victoria Foundation in Newark, New Jersey; and The Fund for New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While at The Fund for New Jersey, he co-edited Better Schools, an issue report that outlines strategies for improving New Jersey’s K-12 public schools. He has also served as City Administrator for the City of East Orange, New Jersey, and an Obama appointee on the U.S. Commission on Presidential Scholars.
In addition to his duties at NCLC, Mr. Lewis is serving as Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration. A cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, Mr. Lewis also holds a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.