Eric B. Lewis, co-founder and managing partner of Sable International and board president of the Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce, has been hired as the new state director for Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options.

Lewis replaces Monteic Sizer, who resigned his position in order to pursue political aspirations, according to a news release.

Sizer is running for mayor of Baker.

Lewis will be charged with leading the Louisiana ground team’s efforts to expand parental choice options in Louisiana along with expanding the organization brand across the state. Known largely for its advocacy efforts around the popular Student Scholarship for Education Excellence Program in New Orleans, BAEO’s Louisiana team has begun to expand its advocacy efforts to other regions of the state over the last several months. Lewis will report to BAEO’s National Advocacy Director Shree’ Medlock.

Prior to this new role with BAEO, Eric was a managing partner with Sable International, where he was involved with much of the firm’s business development, public relations, and political consulting projects. Eric also has worked for a number of multinational corporations, including McKesson, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and Bechtel.

A native of Baton Rouge, Lewis holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Southern University and a master’s in business administration degree from LSU. He is also an alumnus of multiple leadership development programs, including Leadership Greater Baton Rouge and the Duke-Southern University Effective Leadership Institute.