With more than 35 years dedicated the world’s largest nonprofit, David Lewis is humbled to serve as President of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley since 2013. Under his leadership, the UWGLV team has raised and invested record-setting amounts to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents throughout Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties.
In 2024, UWGLV will be the most significant community investment in the organization’s 105-year history, a record breaking $27 million. With a passion for helping people in need and a gift for partnership building, Lewis has raised more than $350 million throughout his career.
During his tenure as President, David has tripled revenue for the local United Way, solidifying UWGLV as a top-performer among the United Way network of 1,100 local organizations nationwide. Using innovative and collaborative leadership and laser-focus on results, Lewis has led the Greater Lehigh Valley to adopt a Collective Impact model, expand services into Carbon County and mobilize around three, bold and shared goals.
Lewis spent the early part of his career as a social worker with middle and high-school students and later transitioned to fundraising to reach more people in need. He began working with United Way in 1988 as campaign director in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), served as Vice President of Resource Development in Camden County, New Jersey and was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in Lancaster County. He joined UWGLV in 2012 as Vice President, Resource Development.
Lewis holds a B.S. in social work from Elizabethtown College and M.S.W. in social work administration from Rutgers University. He’s been recognized by Lehigh Valley Business as a Game Changer–Most Admired CEO of a Nonprofit and honored with The Salvation Army’s Spirit of the Lehigh Valley award.
Lewis has three adult children: Joshua, Jacob and Riley and three grandchildren: Jack, Ada and Cassian. He resides in Hellertown and loves living and working in a community where so many people care about helping their neighbors.