Born Delano Eugene Lewis, November 12, 1938, in Arkansas City, KS; son of a railroad employee and a beautician; married; wife's name, Gayle; children: Delano, Jr., Geoffrey, Brian, Phillip.
Education: University of Kansas, B.A., 1960; Washburn School of Law, J.D., 1963.
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, attorney, 1963-65; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC, attorney in Office of Analysis and Advice; U.S. Peace Corps, volunteer associate director in Nigeria and country director in Uganda, 1966-69; Office of Senator Edward Brooke, Washington, DC, legislative assistant, 1969-71; Office of Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy, Washington, DC, legislative assistant, 1971-73. Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, Washington, DC, began as public affairs manager, 1973, became vice president, 1983, president, 1988, and chief executive officer, 1990. National Public Radio (NPR), Washington, DC, named president and chief executive officer, 1993; assumed office, 1994--. National Information Infrastructure (NII), member of advisory council, 1994. Has served on numerous boards of directors and in philanthropic organizations, including Greater Washington Board of Trade, Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, Mainstream, Africare, Washington Performing Arts Society, and D.C. Vocational Education and Career Opportunities Commission.
Named a "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian magazine, 1978; President's Medal from Catholic University, 1978; named to Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 1987. Honorary degrees from Marymount University, George Washington University, and Bowie State University.
The Honorable Delano E. Lewis, Sr., President of the Constituency for Africa, emceed the Africare dinner
Director, Chairman of Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Personnel & Organization Committee and Member of Finance Committee, Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Delano E. Lewis served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company (C&P), a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic Corporation, from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Lewis served as Vice President of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company from 1983 to 1988. he began his career in government in 1963 as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He joined C&P in 1973. He served at National Public Radio [NPR] as its President and Chief Executive Officer ... from 1994 to 1998, and later as Chairman of the NPR Foundation. Mr. Lewis has been Director of Colgate-Palmolive Co. since 2001, Eastman Kodak Co. since July 2001, Government Employees Insurance Company, Inc. since 1989 and BET Holdings, Inc. since 1994. He serves as a Director of Africare and Foundation Schools. He served as a Director of KnowledgeMax Inc. (formerly Sideware Systems Inc.) since May 2002, Colgate-Palmolive Co. from 1991 to 1999, Eastman Kodak Company from May 1998 to December 1999 and C&P Telephone Company from 1983 to 1993. Mr. Lewis served as Director of Chalk Media Corp., since July 19, 2006 until December 2007. He was named Director of the Peace Corps' East and Southern Africa Division. He serves as Chairman of United Way Campaign, D.C. Youth Employment Advisory Council and Co-chair of The National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council [NIIAC] from 1994 to 1996. He served as Chairman of Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation. He has been President of Greater Washington Board of Trade. His lifetime of social, philanthropic, and outreach activities was capped when President Clinton appointed him to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa in December 1999, where he served until his retirement from diplomatic service in July 2001. He worked in the Peace Corps as Associate Director in Nigeria and Country Director in Uganda from 1966 to 1969. In the past, he has served on the boards of Apple Computer, Chase Manhattan Corporation, Halliburton Company, Black Entertainment Television, and the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation. Mr. Lewis has also served on the Peace Corps staff in Africa and on the staff of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the United States Department of Justice. He continued his public service on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and later as Administrative Assistant to Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy of the District of Columbia. In 1992, he participated in President-elect Clinton's Economic Summit. Among many honors and awards, Mr. Lewis was named 'Washingtonian of The Year' and awarded Catholic University's America's President Award and the Sovereign Order Of Malta. He has also received honorary degrees from George Washington University, Marymount University and Bowie State University, Kent State University and Lafayette College. With an educational background in Political Science, History and Law, he held memberships in the Kansas and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Mr. Lewis received a BA from University of Kansas and a JD from Washburn School of Law.
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