Emmy Lewis -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Mary Elizabeth (Emmy) Lewis is President of Lewis & Company Marketing Communications, Inc., a full-service agency established in 1983, which specializes in direct mail fundraising, membership development, and marketing communications consulting for national conservative political, charitable, trade association and arts organizations.

Lewis served as a primary architect of the history making, direct mail fundraising campaign for the three national Republican committees (Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee & National Republican Senatorial Committee), which increased the Republican Party donor base from 200,000 to over 1.8 million individual member-donors, raised over $200 million––more net money, at the time, than any other national political fundraising effort in history––and achieved record levels of giving by the broadest-based membership in its history.

Lewis wrote the majority of national Republican fundraising appeals signed by Ronald Reagan, from 1976 through the mid-1980’s and has been called by Rodney Smith, former finance director for all three national republican committees, “the voice of Ronald Reagan in our Republican direct mail.”

Organizations Lewis has served are: National Republican Senatorial Committee; the Republican National Committee; Washington Performing Arts Society; Washington Bach Consort; The Acton Institute; Education Freedom Fund; National Federation of Independent Business; Fed PAC, State PACs; Small Business Legal Center Foundation; The Presbyterian Church of Ireland; Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal; Music Mission Kiev and the Kiev Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Music Camp International (Ukraine & Romania); American Tort Reform Association; Americans for Prosperity; The Fund for American Studies; Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation; Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation of America (CEO America), and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Prior to her professional advertising and fundraising career, Lewis was active in college conservative politics as Executive Director, then as state chairman, of Michigan Young Americans for Freedom (YAF).

Lewis has lectured on fundraising and marketing at: Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration; George Washington University Graduate School; The Leadership Institute, Arlington, VA; Liberal Party of Australia; National Republican Women's Federation; National Society of Fund Raising Executives; Leo Burnett, New York City; Presbyterian Church of Ireland; the Koch Foundation, Washington, DC; Intercollegiate Studies Institute; International Fundraising School, Madrid, Spain; and, the Fundacja Institute Edukacji of Krakow, Poland. 

Lewis attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her BA degree in Political Science and English from Marygrove College.  A 41-year Washington, DC resident, she has served as a Trustee, and as an elected Elder of the National Presbyterian Church, DC; is a past president and current board member of the Washington Bach Consort. Lewis is an Officer in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and a Stephen Minister.

Emmy Lewis