The non-profit group City Year has appointed a new executive director to lead its Baton Rouge office.
Jada Lewis — formerly the LSU College of Engineering's assistant dean of diversity — will now head up City Year, the organization announced this week.
City Year is affiliated with Americorps and places young adults in the public schools of high-needs communities.
Participants typically sign up for at least one year of service, during which they tutor students, provide social and emotional support, run after-school programs and generally work to encourage youths to graduate and prepare for work or college.
Lewis, a chemical engineer by training, developed an interest in public policy while working for an oil refinery, according to a news release about her appointment.
She's gone on to champion gender equality and education in science, technology, engineering and math. For the past several years she has collaborated with City Year as a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Lewis said she was thrilled to be named to the position and considers it an "honor to serve at City Year and lead our AmeriCorps members as they make a difference for our students in partnership with our school partners, champions and supporters.”