James H. Lewis, Ph.D.


James H. Lewis is the former director of research and evaluation and a senior program officer for The Chicago Community Trust in human services, workforce development, criminal justice, human relations, organizational development and policy advocacy. He sits on numerous planning bodies of city, county and state government.

Prior to joining the Trust, Lewis was director of the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs at Roosevelt University and taught urban affairs and research methods. At Roosevelt, Lewis conducted or directed more than 30 evaluation and policy research studies on government, demography and urban affairs. Before joining Roosevelt, Lewis was vice president for research and planning at the Chicago Urban League for 9 years. There he specialized in education finance, legislative redistricting, civil rights and urban economic development.

Lewis has written numerous academic articles, book chapters and commissioned research and evaluation reports. In 2010 Lewis was appointed to the state Commission on Budgeting for Results. He provided testimony in the City of Chicago ward and U.S. Congressional remap litigation of the 1990s, was a member of the Simon-Stratton Illinois commission on campaign finance reform, is former co-chair of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago and was a co-principal investigator of the official evaluation of welfare reform in Illinois. In recent years, he played principal roles in the development of the university evaluation of the Chicago Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, Illinois Partners for Human Service and the Back Office Cooperative. Lewis holds his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he was a Hearst Fellow in American History.