Founder & CEO, Generation Hope
Nov 28, 2018
Nicole Lynn Lewis
Founder & CEO, Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Hope, an organization which she founded in March 2010. As CEO, Nicole oversees all aspects of Generation Hope’s operations.

Nicole founded Generation Hope because after completing college as a teen mother despite tremendous obstacles, she wanted to help other teen parents earn their college degrees and achieve stable and successful futures. She named the organization Generation Hope because in her own words, "Hope is the number one, necessary, secret ingredient to anyone’s success."  Generation Hope reduces poverty one family at a time by providing direct sponsorships, one-on-one mentoring, and case management to D.C. area teen parents who are attending college.

In just six years, Nicole has created a truly unique and thriving organization that is gaining national attention for its sole focus on college completion for teen parents.  As a testament to her work, Nicole was named a 2014 CNN Hero in June 2014.  She is emerging as a leader in the youth, higher ed, and teen pregnancy/parenting fields.

Prior to founding the organization, Nicole worked for five years with other nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth and/or poverty, providing expertise in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing/public relations. Before her nonprofit work, Nicole was a communications and public relations professional for two years with companies in the Washington DC area, such as GEICO. She is also a nationally known author and speaker on topics such as teen pregnancy and parenting, youth development, goal achievement, and self empowerment.

Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Communication from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William & Mary. She was named the 2013 Distinguished Alumna by George Mason University's School of Public Policy for her innovative work with youth through the founding of Generation Hope and was elected to the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors in that same year.  Also in 2013, Nicole was selected and inducted into the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa.  In 2014, she was named a CNN Hero, an honor only given to two dozen changemakers across the globe annually.  She is also a two-time TEDx speaker, a member of the 2016 Leadership Greater Washington Signature Class, and a member of the 2017 Leadership Montgomery Core Program.  In 2016, she was named a finalist in the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business for Female Executive of the Year for Government or Non-Profit -- an international recognition.  Nicole previously served on the Board of Directors for Healthy Teen Network, a national organization focused on teen pregnancy, parenting, and prevention.

Nicole and her husband, Donté Lewis, live in Maryland with their two daughters and son.