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Nicole Lynn Lewis
Founder and CEO
Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis serves as the CEO of Generation Hope, an organization she founded to build what she did not have as a young parent in college. 

To ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility, Generation Hope engages education and policy partners to drive systemic change and provides direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming. Generation Hope has gained national attention for its whole-family approach to dismantling poverty, and its expansion beyond its current Washington, DC-area footprint. 

Nicole’s honors and recognitions include the inaugural Black Voices for Black Justice Award, which “recognizes incredible leaders who have been on the frontlines working to dismantle the deep-rooted, racist systems that have plagued our country for centuries.” Last year her highly-anticipated memoir, Pregnant Girl, was released by Beacon Press and was named one of the best books of 2021 by NPR. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree from George Mason University. 

Nicole and her husband, Donté Lewis, live in Maryland with their five children.



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