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June 5, 2012 Published in Choice 2013, Top Stories

West Ender Chris Lewis Announces Run For School Board

West Ender Chris Lewis Announces Run For School Board (Courtesy photo)

Chris Lewis, a veteran community and political organizer, filed papers to become a candidate for Alexandria School Board in District C last week, focusing on greater community engagement in schools and achievement for all students.

“Alexandria deserves a school system we can all be proud of and that allows every child to achieve his or her greatest potential,” said Chris Lewis.  “Every one of us has a stake in having strong schools that attract families to Alexandria, and so we must work together to give all our children the support they need.”

Lewis is the Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Federal Communications Commission and has served the Commission in a variety of roles over the past three and a half years.  Before joining the FCC, Lewis worked as the North Carolina Field Director for then-Senator Barack Obama’s general election campaign and served as an organizer in a variety of primary states, including Virginia.

From May 2005 until April 2007, Lewis was the Virginia State Director for GenerationEngage, a nonprofit, youth civic engagement initiative.  “Working for GenerationEngage, I learned the importance of giving young people access to leaders and decision makers in their community,” said Lewis.  “We need a school system where parents and students have a voice in policy decisions.  If elected, I will be a strong advocate for the families on the West End and will promote greater input prior to important policy decisions.”

Prior to GenerationEngage, Lewis served for three years on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and in his office for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

He is a graduate of Harvard University and a product of the public school system in neighboring Fairfax County.  “After graduating from college, I chose to settle in Alexandria where my family’s roots are deep,” said Lewis.  “As a fourth-generation Alexandrian, I know that Alexandria is a special place.  The school system has begun a difficult period of transition over the past few years, and the next School Board faces critical decisions to ensure we continue to make progress on academic achievement.  These decisions must be made in an inclusive, data-driven way.”

Lewis is actively involved in the Alexandria and northern Virginia community, having served as a volunteer and mentor for various gang prevention and intervention programs.  He currently serves on the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Alumni Association Board, the Steering Committee for ACTion Alexandria, and the board of the George Mason University Center for Social Entrepreneurship.  Lewis lives on Holmes Run Parkway and is a member of the Alfred Street Baptist Church and Alexandria’s Chapter of the NAACP.

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