Juma Crawford, Lewis Family Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Youth, college access & readiness

CONTACT: 855-533-9335, info@lff.org

PROFILE: Juma Crawford is the executive director of the Lewis Family Foundation and the Grand Circle Foundation. He’s been in this role since 2013 and previously worked as the executive director of Friends of the Children – Boston. Other work includes service as director of Alternative Education and the head of Little House Middle School at College Bound Dorchester.

His foundation bio shares:

Juma Crawford, grew up in the bay area of California, and moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, and continued his education at Harvard University where he obtained a Master’s degree in education and a law degree from Boston College.  Juma was a founding teacher of Codman Academy Charter School and served as principal of Community Charter School of Cambridge, Head of School at CollegeBound Dorchester and Executive Director of Friends of the Children.   His primary mission as Executive Director is to increase the college graduation rate of high school students throughout Boston’s spine (Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan). Through his passion for education and seeing students succeed, Juma encourages students to continue to persevere until they reach their goals. 

He was awarded Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2015. Learn more about Juma’s background and perspective in this article and this interview.