TITLE: Co-founder and board chair
FOCUS AREAS: Youth, college access & readiness
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PROFILE: Harriet Lewis co-founded the Lewis Family Foundation with her husband, Alan. She serves as the board chair of the foundation today and has been active in the grantmaking process.
Her foundation bio shares:
Harriet Lewis, Chair of the Lewis Family Foundation is an educator, philanthropist and world traveler. She is passionate about social change, especially in her hometown of Boston and in the countries where the family’s travel company, Grand Circle Corporation visits. Harriet taught children with severe emotional disabilities in Washington DC then returned to Boston, where she continued to teach troubled children. From these experiences, she developed her strong belief that our best hope for real, lasting and deep community transformation rests with our young people. She founded the Next Generation Leader’s program to provide rising college freshmen with a work, service and international travel program to advance their leadership and improve success in life and college. Harriet is also unwavering in commitment to work in partnership with the community and ensures that Lewis Family Foundation “ask and listen” to the young people, their families and leaders who live in the neighborhoods and global villages where we work.
Her Pinnacle Ltd. profile shares:
Harriet Lewis, Chair of the Lewis Family Foundation, is an educator, philanthropist and world traveler. She is passionate about helping guide social change and developing gutsy leaders – with a special focus on women and youths. Early in her career, Harriet worked with children facing many challenges. From this experience, she developed a strong belief that the world’s our best hope for deep and lasting community transformation rests with our young people.
Harriet founded the Next Generation Leaders, a program to provide rising college freshmen from Boston’s Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan with work, service and international travel opportunities to advance their leadership and improve their chances of success in life and college. Harriet brings an educator’s compassion and skills to the Lewis Family Foundation, ensuring that we “ask and listen” to the young people, their families, and leaders who live in the neighborhoods and global villages where we work.
Harriet was one of the original founders of Pinnacle, along with her husband Alan and Bob Weiler. She was instrumental in positioning Pinnacle as the gate for the LFF philanthropy. Observing that most nonprofits don’t take the time to get away to take a hard look at their operations and hot issues, she knew Pinnacle would be an invaluable asset to these organizations. To ensure their support was going to strong leaders and teams, LFF requires attending Pinnacle Leadership training as one of the conditions for funding.
Harriet is at home outdoors, all around the world, and tends to her garden with the passion and purpose she brings to her philanthropic work
Learn more about Harriet’s background and perspective in this letter.