Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (BGCI) is pleased to announce Maggie A. Lewis has been named the organization’s new CEO and Executive Director effective May 14, 2018. Lewis will be responsible for managing the strategic direction of the organization and operations of the Clubs. She succeeds Edie Olson who has been serving as interim executive director.
After spending her formative years at the Boys & Girls Club in Columbus, Ind., Lewis has proven herself as an experienced leader with an impressive history of success in private, government, and nonprofit settings and a passion for serving the public and those in need.
The dedicated leader is well-known for her work in the public sector as a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council. Elected in 2008, she currently represents the 10th District and has served in many capacities, including being the first-woman elected president of the Council.
Lewis comes to Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis from Centaur, Inc. where she has spent the past four years engaging in quality assurance and supporting the company’s community relations efforts.
Over the past two decades, Lewis has led the vision of local nonprofit organizations serving as executive director of the Dove Recovery House where she raised the profile, performance and bottom line of the organization and as COO at the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF), overseeing programming, fund-raising efforts and developing collaborative partnerships to expand the organization’s mission and vision.
“Maggie’s unique combination of work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors makes her the ideal candidate to assume leadership of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis as we celebrate 125 years of service to the community. She is a passionate advocate for kids, families, and the communities we serve and we are excited to have her leadership to help guide the organization and raise awareness for the important work we do,” said Rob Hofinger, board chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.
Every day, 11.3 million kids (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go. And every summer, 43 million kids lack access to summer learning programs. BGCI’s urban footprint includes 13 sites which are dedicated to improving educational and social skills, mental and physical health, and future opportunities through evidence-based programs aimed at youth ages 6–18. With goals of increasing graduation rates—plus a commitment to reducing risky behaviors—BGCI helps its members succeed both in and out of the classroom to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.
“It is an honor and privilege to have been chosen as the next leader of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis,” said Lewis. “I am excited to have the opportunity to impact our community and the lives of the nearly 7,300 underserved youth who utilize Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. We have a responsibility to ensure our children are provided with the resources that will successfully contribute to their academic success, health, wellness, and character and leadership skills during out-of-school time. I look forward to working with the entire team and board of directors to create innovative programming and develop new community partners to further the mission of the organization.”
Lewis holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Indiana State University. She is married to LeRoy Lewis III, and has one son. Lewis is passionately involved in supporting many organizations, including Dove Recovery House, B.U.I.L.D., LINKS, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Mt. Paran Church.