Patricia F. Lewis, ACFRE, serves as sr. practitioner-in-residence, faculty associate at the Center on Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University. She also conducts distance teaching as adjunct faculty at George Mason University in Virginia where from 1998 to 2002 she served as the nonprofit professional-in-residence and managed the graduate Nonprofit Management Studies program.
Ms. Lewis is a trainer for the Leader-to-Leader Institute (formerly the Drucker Foundation) and has served as chief operating officer of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise. She is immediate past president and chief executive officer of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, a position she held from 1991 to 1998. Concurrently, she served as Secretariat to the World Fundraising Council.
Prior to moving to Virginia in 1991, Ms. Lewis served as the CEO of the Seattle-King County Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls and as director of development for the Children’s Home Society of Washington State. She has acquired more than thirty years of professional experience in nonprofit management, governance and fund raising.
Ms. Lewis has lectured throughout the United States and in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Israel and the Philippines on nonprofit governance, fund raising, strategic planning and the strengthening of the NGO sector. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s business school with a degree in marketing and has studied at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She is an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE).