Rhea Lewis is a Policy Associate at the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. She is a designer, collaborator, and implementer and her skillsets include writing, research, graphic design, and event planning, and strong program and project management.
Previously, Rhea worked at Converge, a national social justice consulting firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her portfolio included managing a three-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 the New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA YPQI), a city-wide effort to increase the quality of youth programs available to young people across New Orleans.
Originally from Middleton, MA, Rhea has called New Orleans home since 2013 and has been active within the city’s nonprofit landscape as a former intern at Liberty’s Kitchen, Fund 17, and Girls on the Run New Orleans. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, where 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 B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship from Tulane University. She enjoys taking dance classes at Dancing Grounds, attending festivals, listening to podcasts, running, graphic design, and exploring New Orleans.