About Dr. Rustin Lewis, DPA

Rustin M. Lewis, DPA is a nonprofit executive, entrepreneur, educator, and author. Reared in Gary, Indiana, Dr. Lewis was born into a family committed to volunteerism and community service. He has continued the Lewis family tradition by building a life and career dedicated to creating opportunities for the youth.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lewis has served as a senior executive for local, regional and national nonprofit organizations and a government Division.

As a consultant, he worked closely with Boards, their CEO’s and staff to offer a number of trainings, which have included nonprofit best practices and fund development plans.

As an educator, Dr. Lewis is an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia. Formerly, he lectured at Kennesaw State and Devry University. He is a contributor to the book, The Magic of Mentoring: Pearls of Wisdom (2015) and he has also published papers addressing poverty, college access, affirmative action and census undercounting.

Dr. Lewis earned a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. His doctoral dissertation investigates strategies for building human capacity in underserved youth. He also received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University. His advanced training includes the following Certificate Programs: United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Loaned Executive; Volunteer Involvement; Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s Political Education and Leadership Training; Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Executive Management; Emory University’s Grant Writing, and Harvard Business School‘s Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations.

As a community leader, Dr. Lewis recently served as a host committee member for the 2014 National Cherry Blossom (Pink Tie gala), and the Hillcrest Civic Association Education Committee. He is a former board member of the Perry School Community Center and  the Young Nonprofit Professional Network. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Lewis was an appointed Commissioner for Washington, D.C.’s Educational Licensure Board under the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Leadership Greater Washington.

Dr. Lewis is a highly sought after speaker for his expertise on the topics of nonprofit management, mentoring and college access. Recently, he was an invited panelist for the Black Doctoral Network, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and the 100 Black Men of America conferences. Previously, he has spoken at the Mid-South Sociological Association and Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists conferences; the YWCA of San Diego County’s 22nd Annual All People’s Breakfast; the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (ACHMI); Atlanta Chapter of the National Black MBA Association Education Forum, Cleveland, Ohio’s Entertainment & Sports Plus with Motivational Speaker George Fraser; Achieve Hartford! Policy Breakfast Forum; the 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, and the Faith Leaders Luncheon at Johnson C. Smith University, to name a few.

Dr. Lewis has been an invited guest speaker on U.D.C. TV, WSB2 TV’s In Contact; Judge Glenda Hachett’s Online Radio Show; Ilinda Reese’s Taking Care of Business Show; Harlem World; Radio ONE;  and NBC4 TV’s Viewpoint. He has also been interviewed by Ebony Magazine, the Hill Rag, Howard University’s The HillTop and Georgetown University’s Blue & Gray newspapers.

Dr. Lewis has been honored with numerous tributes and awards for his contributions to education, workforce development, mentoring and the nonprofit sector. Among them are: Congressional recognition from the Honorable Bob Filner (D-CA); Certificates of Appreciation from D.C. Councilman Jim Graham; a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership from the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta; an On-the- Spot- Award from the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta Regional Office, and the Morehouse Research Institute gave a resolution in recognition for Dr. Lewis’ service to improving the status of African American males through research. Dr. Lewis has also received honors from the University of the District of Columbia. Most notably, Dr. Lewis received a Father’s Day card from a high school aged boy who regards him as a mentor.

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