Public Speaker, Project Manager, and Community Organizer in Maryland
Robin Lewis, a Maryland Environmental Justice activist, community organizer, public speaker and local entrepreneur, has a long history of helping organizations to become more sustainable and inclusive. As a certified project manager for many years, Robin has held leadership roles in many technology organizations such as Verizon, Teligent, and Cox Communications. She has managed teams directly and cross-functionally in new product development, marketing, engineering, operations, finance, regulatory and customer engagement. She previously worked as Director of Quality Control and Programs for MANNA, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing development and counseling agency in Washington, DC. She now is pursuing her passion as Director for Climate Equity at Interfaith Power and Light (DC.MD.NoVA) working with Black and Brown faith-based organizations on environmental justice and equity policy issues in the DMV.
Robin has consulted on the National Wildlife Federation Sacred Grounds program to connect faith-based organizations with nature by promoting wildlife through planting and growing native plants on their church grounds. She has also worked on other environmental campaigns including the ban on fracking in MD with Food and Water Watch, the ridding of the threat of trash incineration in PG, and the Zero Waste planning task force in PG with Energy Justice Network.
Robin's passion for justice is demonstrated in her work as a Board member of WhyHunger, the Director of the Outreach and Social Justice Ministry at Beloved Community Church UCC and is a member on the UCC Climate Justice Council. She has volunteered on the Southern Green Line Coalition, the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, GW Cancer Institute LGBTQ Community Advisory Board, Prince George's DoE’s Environmental Action Council; The Bethel House Board of Directors, Maryland Environmental Health Network Environmental Justice Legislative Group and Stop Natural Gas Teams.
Robin has a Bachelor’s in Economics and MBA from Rutgers University, and a Master’s in Sustainable Urban Planning concentrating on Climate Change from the George Washington University. Her graduate research focused on the socioeconomic aspects of sustainability in urban revitalization, such as issues relating to displacement, gentrification, and affordable housing.