Pamela Lewis

Executive Director
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Pamela Lewis is the Executive Director of NEI. Lewis joined NEI in 2011 as a Senior Program Officer and was named the initiative’s Director in 2016. Under her leadership, NEI is seen as a leading advocate of inclusive entrepreneurship locally and among other entrepreneurial support leaders. An engineer by training, Lewis has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University.

In 2016, Lewis was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. She serves on the board of Philanthropy for Civic Engagement (PACE), a community of funders that invest in the sustaining elements of democracy and civic life in the United States. She also serves on the board of George Mason University’s Center for Innovation & Economic Development. Lewis is an active member of the Brookings Institution as a Nonresident Senior Fellow with their Metropolitan Policy Program.



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