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Rhea Lewis

Policy Analyst

Rhea is passionate about using her skills and talents to help organizations committed to social and racial justice maximize their impact. For the past five years, she has honed her skills in writing, research, program and project management, and graphic design. She currently works to provide high-quality research, communications, and fundraising support to achieve the Policy Institute's mission of advancing policies to ensure children are successful in school and life by making quality early care and education more equitable and affordable in Louisiana.


Previously, Rhea worked at Converge, a national social justice consulting firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her portfolio included managing a multi-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative for community organizations in Northwest Arkansas, organizing local and national funders to invest in criminal justice and climate justice work in the Greater New Orleans area, providing strategic fundraising support to local nonprofits, and coordinating a city-wide effort to increase the quality of youth programs available to young people across New Orleans. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, she designed and executed the Changemaker Institute program to support students interested in making an impact within their communities through the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Rhea received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Tulane University. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hip-hop dancing, and watching standup comedy.