Robert Lewis is the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Black Cooperative Investment Fund. Robert has more than 20 years of professional experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit human and social services sector in various capacities. In 2013, Robert founded NEX-Impact, a boutique 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. Prior to NEX-Impact, Robert was BLOOM Director at the California Community Foundation (CCF) where he led the research, development, and implementation of a landmark, multi-year initiative focused on re-directing Black male youth who have been involved with the L.A. County probation system toward improved employment and educational opportunities. Robert also managed CCF’s grantmaking focused on youth aged out of foster care, low-income older adults and adults with developmental disabilities. Before joining CCF, 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 is a board member for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, serves on the Board of Advisors for Goodwill Southern California, a program committee member for the African-American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), a former KCET Community Advisory Board (CAB) member, and has been a member of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy (SCBIP). 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.