Portrait of a smiling young man, Ty Lewis.

Introducing Ty Lewis, Director of United Way’s African American Leadership Society and Emerging Leaders

United Way Quad Cities is pleased to announce Ty Lewis has joined the team as director of its African American Leadership Society (AALS) and Emerging Leaders donor networks.

The African American Leadership Society is a United Way donor network that commits time, energy and financial resources to build a stronger, more equitable community for all in the Quad Cities. Also a donor network, Emerging Leaders represents young professionals, creatives and community leaders who work together to showcase the Quad Cities as a dynamic place to build your life, raise your family and grow your career.

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“These programs are about creating productive opportunities with positive people. Ty has a network that makes him a perfect person for this position,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO of United Way Quad Cities. “He’s driven and determined, and he’s not going to sit back and wait for things to happen. He is a change agent who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo.”

Prior to joining United Way, Ty Lewis served as Credit Trainee for Quad City Bank & Trust. He is active in the National Association of Black Accountants and the Rock Island – Milan Education Foundation. He served on the United Way Board of Directors, starting July 2021 until March 2023. Lewis is a graduate of St. Ambrose University, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2022.

In his new role at the helm of AALS and Emerging Leaders, he will work with and grow these two networks of donors to increase awareness and action to improve education, income and health outcomes in the Quad Cities. He’ll be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to deepen meaningful connections with donors and volunteers and build leadership capacity in the Quad Cities.

According to Lewis, this new position allows him to tap into his passion for relationship building that supports the creation of a better, more engaged place for leaders to succeed. “I’ve had a close, deep connection to United Way Quad Cities and its mission for several years now,” Lewis said. “Being on the team will give me the chance to develop and expand opportunities that build a stronger, more equitable community for everyone. I’m excited to build bridges and create opportunities so everyone can thrive.”

You can reach Ty Lewis at tlewis@unitedwayqc.org or 563.344.0317.

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