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Communities In Schools of Ohio Announces Hiring of Shelly Lewis as Chief of Programs & Partnerships | Inspire PR Group

June 28th, 2022

Communities In Schools of Ohio (CIS) is pleased to announce that Shelly Lewis was recently selected as Chief of Programs & Partnerships for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Ohio.  Before joining CIS of Ohio, Shelly served as Chief Operating Officer for Harmony Project, where she partnered with the Founder and Creative Director to create the strategic direction of Harmony, which included leading staff in the areas of fundraising, communications, programming and community engagement.

As CIS of Ohio’s Chief of Programs & Partnerships, Shelly will lead the programs and service delivery team, program advancement, and new program initiatives.  In addition, she will support the implementation of the CIS model of integrated student supports in partner schools and continued expansion of CIS of Ohio, as well as identify, grow, and manage community partnerships.  Shelly specializes in philanthropy, operations, program management, and community relations with a talent for building relationships.

“We are so excited that Shelly has joined our team. Her background and experience in working with nonprofits and building community relationships will allow for the continued growth of our organization throughout Ohio,” said Amy Gordon, Executive Director & CEO of Communities in Schools of Ohio.

Shelly holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Franklin University. In addition, she is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Columbus and a Class 4 Fellow of the African American Leadership Academy. 

CIS believes that transformative relationships are crucial to unlocking a student’s potential. The school-based staff works inside schools in partnership with teachers and parents to help address the non-academic needs of students. CIS coordinates with schools and local service providers to meet the needs of students and families and provides critical resources, like food, housing, health care, counseling, access to remote technology and more so that students (and educators) can focus on academics. By identifying the points of a challenge for students in their personal lives, CIS staff helps empower students to move beyond the barriers they face in the school building and the community. 


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Communities In Schools® of Ohio is part of the national organization that ensures every student, regardless of race, zip code, or socioeconomic background, has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. Communities In Schools of Ohio served 21,977 students during the 2021-2022 school year.  Learn more about Communities In Schools of Ohio at