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Keith Lewis

Senior Director of Community Collaboration


As Senior Director of Community Collaboration I am responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive program that includes the creation of two neighborhood centers on the south and westsides of Chicago, facilitating connections that strengthen and build community partnerships as well as create and implement specialized pathway and accessibility initiatives for underrepresented and marginalized groups.

In my previous role at UIC, I served as Director of Community Relations and prior to that was Director of Programs for Heartland Alliance READI Chicago, an initiative geared towards men most at risk for gun violence.

Other career experiences include being Director of Community Engagement for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago; serving as an adjunct professor at the City Colleges of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago and leading pioneering community projects while at DePaul University. I have also worked as a College and Career Coach with Chicago Public Schools and operated my own consulting business.

I am a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2021, alumnus of the inaugural class of the Latino Policy Forum's Multicultural Leadership Academy, as well as having completed the Public Allies community leadership program and received the National Changemaker award for service in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.

I earned a Master's of Public Administration from Governors State University and a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in Materials and Logistics Management.