UDC’s Board of Trustees
Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis
Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis is a proven leader, experienced manager, and a lifelong advocate for quality education. She received a bachelor’s degree from the District of Columbia Teachers College in 1974, with a certification in secondary education. Later, she returned to the University of the District of Columbia, where she studied Information Systems and earned her master’s degree in Public Administration in 1988.
As an education leader, Gwen was twice elected to the Alexandria City Board of Education and served one term as its Vice Chair from 2002 to 2006. She is the founder of the Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria, VA, (CCNA) and Executive Director of “Reach and Rise for Excellence” (RARE), an after-school enrichment program, which she developed to provide advocacy and support services for at-risk minority youth. She also has provided leadership to better integrate community and education services that help children, engage parents, and encourage cultural competence.
Gwen retired from the federal government with more than 30 years of exemplary service, and was recognized many times for her outstanding management and leadership qualities. Most importantly, she managed the design and implementation of several major projects within the multi-million dollar IRS tax administration system. She also developed curriculum used in distance learning partnerships with major universities for the Internal Revenue Service’s employee training programs, and provided nationwide instruction to procurement personnel throughout the federal system.
Moreover, as a certified contracting officer in federal service, Gwen is distinguished as founder of the National Association of Black Procurement Professionals (NABPP) and she served as its Executive Director for six years.
Among her civic affiliations, Gwen has served as the deputy co-chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee and served as an officer in the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP. She also provided guidance on the Regional Advisory Council of the United Way and served as a representative on the Economic Opportunity Commission. Most recently, she was appointed to the Child, Youth and Family Collaborative Commission to advise city leaders on the effective integration of services to support youth and their families.
Gwen was recognized as one of her community’s “Living Legends” with a nomination in 2014 as a distinguished lifelong citizen of Alexandria, VA. She enjoys affiliation with the Alfred Street Baptist Church, the Arlington Chapter of the Links, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
As an alumni representative to the Board of Trustees, Gwen will support University programs and Board initiatives, and use her knowledge and expertise to provide guidance to strengthen University operations and procedures. Further, Gwen will be a catalyst to optimize the continued growth and outreach of the University of the District of Columbia, and to further its reputation as an outstanding public institution, locally, nationally and abroad.