Reginald Lewis, AM
Reginald Lewis has served as the Executive Director of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) since September 2016. NCLC is a citywide post-secondary attainment effort working to build Newark’s college-going culture and increase the number of Newark residents earning a college degree or high-quality credential.
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 students.
Mr. Lewis has more than 18 years of senior management experience from the philanthropic, non-profit, state, and municipal government sectors. He has previously served as Executive Vice-President of United Way of Essex and West Hudson, as well as Special Assistant to Commissioners in the NJ Departments of Education and Human Services.
As City Administrator for the City of East Orange, New Jersey, he provided oversight of the municipality’s day-to-day operations and delivery of town services for nearly 70,000 residents. He has also 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.
In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Lewis to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Scholars, a position held until December 2016. In 2019, Governor Phil Murphy appointed him to serve as co-chair of one of five working groups for the New Jersey Higher Education Plan.
In addition to his duties at NCLC, Mr. Lewis serves as an 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 holds a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.