Pam Lewis Named Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

Pamela D. Lewis
Pamela D. Lewis // Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit has announced that Pamela D. Lewis has been named a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

The program delivers research and solutions to help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy. Lewis will contribute to the institution’s research and impact by appearing at Brookings events, submitting written work for Brookings publications, and more. The program works with city and metropolitan leaders to translate research that can be used as practical solutions both nationally and internationally.

“Pam’s expertise is needed more than ever, not just in southeast Michigan but in communities across the country,” says Amy Liu, vice president and director at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. “Local leaders and policymakers are eager to embrace the ingredients, and institutional capacities, needed to support all small businesses and an inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem. We are excited to have Pam’s proven experience and insights as we collectively help our nation achieve an equitable economic recovery.”

In relation to her new role, Lewis has recently published a paper for the COVID-19 Metro Recovery Watch, which aims to inform local and state recovery strategies from COVID-19’s economic impacts. These impacts can link near-term resilience to longer-term economic transformation, racial equity, and economic inclusion.

“Pam is an expert partner for entrepreneurship and small businesses,” says Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “The New Economy Initiative, along with its grantee partners and funders, led a response to COVID-19 through loan relief, rent relief, and grants to lower-income microbusiness owners.”

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a multifaceted, full-service philanthropic organization that focuses on everlasting positive impacts to local communities.