With more than 10 years of extensive experience in marketing, branding, project management and most notably, economic development – Jamal Lewis is known to drive business results, enact positive change and processes, and most importantly be a resource to help create and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.
A strategic problem solver driven by the desire to improve access to resources in underserved communities, Jamal’s current role as Economic Opportunity Manager for the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech allows him to help create spaces and opportunities for those who are often under-resourced. Understanding that inclusion is an imperative struggle, Jamal is focused on igniting and equipping current and future leaders with the capital, partnerships, and resources conducive to business success.
Before joining Georgia Tech, Jamal served as Director of Business Development for the Henry County Development Authority where he was successful in attracting $500 million in investments and 2,706 jobs, and created processes designed to develop new business opportunities. Prior to this role, he served as a Project Manager on the Corporate Solutions and Cyber Security team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Marketing Manager in GDEcD’s Marketing and Communications division, and Marketing and Advertising Manager for Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.
Throughout each of these roles, Jamal has maintained the belief that partnerships and equitable access are crucial. He has been a longtime advocate for entrepreneurship, and economic and community development and affordable housing, all of which influence his professional endeavors.
Jamal earned both his Masters of Public Administration and Bachelors of Sports Management and Marketing from Kennesaw State University and is an active member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and Urban League of Greater Atlanta – Young Professionals.