Robbyn Lewis is a public health professional, sustainability advocate, and community leader. Her efforts have contributed to advances in human health and environmental sustainability at both local and international levels. She loves Baltimore and devotes her energy to help make it a healthy, livable place for all.
Before joining the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange as Special Assistant in 2014, Ms. Lewis spent two decades working in the field of international public health. In nearly a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, she conducted research and implemented programs designed to prevent infectious disease and improve reproductive health. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, where she was stationed in a remote, rural village. At Johns Hopkins University and other NGOs, she worked on international programs and studies to prevent Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Her proudest contributions are in the field of cervical cancer prevention, in which she helped translate study findings into national service delivery policies in Malawi, Ghana and Thailand. She also participated in a consultative process that led the World Health Organization to revise its global recommendations on cervical cancer prevention.
In Baltimore, Ms. Lewis put her public health skills to good use by greening her community. In 2003, she and a few other dedicated neighborhood leaders started planting street trees. Ms. Lewis later conceived and led a large-scale greening movement in the Patterson Park Neighborhood, raising nearly $70,000 in grant funds. By mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and partnering with other nonprofits, they planted almost 130 trees. This achievement laid the foundation on which current neighborhood greening projects now flourish. In 2011, she received Parks & People Foundation’s Best Greening Project Award, and also the Maryland Governor’s Service Award. More recently, she conceived and led the transformation of her alley using art, a project that received accolades from neighbors as well as the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
Ms. Lewis also spearheaded legislative advocacy for improved transit in Baltimore. She founded and ran Red Line Now PAC, the first and only grassroots political action committee in Baltimore to focus on transit
infrastructure investment. Ms. Lewis mobilized nearly 1000 Baltimoreans, and helped build a regional coalition that urged legislators to support transit investment.
Community service is a priority for Ms. Lewis. She is a founder of the Patterson Park Public Charter School.
Currently, she sits on the board of Bikemore, Southeast Community Development Corporation, and Creative Alliance. She served on the board of the Friends of Patterson Park, and was a longtime leader of the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association.
Ms. Lewis, who is conversant in four languages, was born in the suburbs of Gary, Indiana and raised in Chicago. Ms. Lewis holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York