National Coalition of 100 Black Women Names Annelle Lewis Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is pleased to announce that S. Annelle Lewis has been named as its new Executive Director effective June 23, 2014. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Lewis will be an excellent steward of NCBW’s mission and a leader and advocate for Black women and girls.
Before joining NCBW, Lewis served as President of Annelle Lewis Consulting, which provides nonprofit leadership, philanthropic mission to market alignment, strategic planning and governance expertise to nonprofit organizations. From 2008-2011, Lewis served as the Centennial Executive Director for the National Urban League where she successfully led the celebration resulting in an increase of brand awareness, fundraising and spearheaded the I AM EMPOWERED campaign, focused on closing the equality gaps in education, employment, housing and health. Results led to the successful launching of the campaign and recruiting dignitaries from corporations, elected officials, sports and entertainment to lead the 140-member honorary committee.
From 1998-2008, Lewis served as Senior Vice President, Affiliate Services and was the former Senior Vice President for Affiliate Development, Programs & Policy with the National Urban League. In these capacities, she directed the delivery of services to more than 100 affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia serving two million participants, with an annual economic impact exceeding $925 million. Her portfolio also included a $20 million budget and 40 staff members representing the U.S. Department of Labor Projects, Housing and Economic Development, Department of Transportation, and Whitney M. Young Jr., Center for Urban Leadership Initiatives. Lewis is credited with creating the National Urban League’s Young Professionals program in response to the need for emerging leadership and provided liaison support to over 15,000 staff and volunteers of key stakeholder affinity groups.
An active Michigan State University alum, Lewis continues to support her undergraduate alma mater. She served on the MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, is a charter member of the Urban Affairs Alumni Association, and led efforts for its first endowment. Additional professional studies include Case Western Reserve Mandel Center for Non Profit Management Certification and Harvard University, Asset and Corporate Management seminars. She received a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Teachers College with a focus in School Finance/Politics and Education.
Lewis' wisdom, leadership and service have been recognized across the country. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel, The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards, published by BoardSource. She is listed in Who's Who in Black New York and is the recipient of the Urban League of Metro Denver Distinguished Warrior Award, the UNCF Meritorious Award, State of Colorado Governors Citation, Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders and the Spirit of Detroit Award. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Human Services Assembly, Leading Age and Volunteers of America; and is a life member of Girl Scouts of the USA and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Founded in 1981, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) is a leadership forum for professional Black women from the public and private sectors. Today, the national movement has more than 6,000 members throughout 60 chapters representing 28 states. The Coalition advocates on behalf of Black women and girls through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NCBW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.