Delano Lewis, former Ambassador to South Africa, will be the featured speaker at the GSSW Distinguished Speakers Lecture. Mr. Lewis will discuss how we are all connected and interconnected globally and will speak about opportunities to serve in the U.S. and around the world. He will refer to his Peace Corps and South African ambassadorship experiences as well as focus on what’s working in the business world and the not-for-profit world.
Mr. Lewis was Ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, and previously held leadership roles with the Peace Corps, National Public Radio, and the U.S. diplomatic corps.
Mr. Lewis served ten years in the Federal Government from 1963 until 1973. He served as an attorney with the Deptartment of Justice; as an attorney in the Office of Compliance in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Associate Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Nigeria and Country Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Uganda; Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts and Chief of Staff for Delegate Walter Fauntroy of the District of Columbia.
From 1973 until 1984, Delano Lewis was an executive with the C&P Telephone Company in Washington DC, a subsidiary of AT&T. From 1984 until 1994, he was an Officer of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), retiring in 1994 as President and CEO of the District of Columbia operations. In 1994, Mr. Lewis was named President and CEO of National Public Radio in Washington, DC.
In June 1999, President Clinton nominated Delano Lewis as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. The United States Senate confirmed him on November 10, 1999. In September 2006, he assumed the position of Senior Fellow at New Mexico State University where he established The Institute for International Relations. He served as the Director of the Institute. On July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2011, he held the position of Interim Dean of International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.
Mr. Lewis now serves on the boards of the Colgate Palmolive Company, the Eastman Kodak Company, and the American Institutes for Research.