Robert Lewis has more than 25 years of professional experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit human and social services sector in various capacities. He is currently a Community Benefits Program Manager for L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Prior to L.A. Care, Robert served as Principal Consultant for NEX-Impact, a management consulting group that provides relevant and culturally competent capacity building and technical assistance services to nonprofit organizations and helps social investors better engage and support nonprofits. In this role, he led the company in providing high quality, culturally competent services to small and mid-sized nonprofits ranging across areas such as, but not limited to: organizational capacity assessments, strategic resource development, board/leadership development, strategic planning, and retreat facilitation. Prior to NEX-Impact, Robert led the California Community Foundation’s (CCF) landmark BLOOM Initiative, a five-year, $5 million initiative with the goal of re-directing Black male youth who have been involved with the L.A. County probation system toward improved employment and educational opportunities. In this role, Robert oversaw the initiative’s strategic activities, tracked progress on desired outcomes, identified and managed relationships with grantee partners, identified partnerships with other strategic partners and served as the primary liaison with key community stakeholders. Robert also managed various grantmaking portfolios including but not limited to: youth aged out of foster care, low-income older adults and adults with developmental disabilities. Before joining CCF in 2008, he was a project director for a juvenile offender re-entry program at Prototypes and served as a senior program manager for the Permanence and Safety – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) training program at The Community College Foundation (TCCF).
Robert received a bachelor’s in sociology from Occidental College and a master’s in social work with a concentration in administration and management from Howard University. Robert serves on the Board of Advisors for Goodwill Southern California. He is a former board member for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a former program committee member for the African-American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), and a former KCET Community Advisory Board (CAB) member.
Robert brings various perspectives to his work: investor, “no box” critical thinker, service provider, concerned citizen, and lifelong L.A. resident. These qualities position him as a unique and compelling voice across various L.A. communities, and beyond.