Valerie G. Lewis
Since 2014, Valerie G. Lewis has served as the Anna-Maria Kellen Executive Director of Third Street Music School Settlement, which is celebrating 130 years of ensuring access to arts education in New York City. Valerie has spent the past decade growing and diversifying Third Street’s programs and strengthening its institutional core.
Previously, Valerie served as Executive Director of the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus for five years. During her tenure, Valerie oversaw the expansion of BYC’s commissioning and performance program and presented its first two major productions, Tell the Way at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Black Mountain Songs at BAM.
Earlier, Valerie spent 11 years in successive roles at the Alliance for Downtown New York, North America’s largest business improvement district. There she promoted Lower Manhattan’s rise as a vibrant “live, work, play” community. In the wake of 9/11, she co-founded the award-winning River-to-River Festival to support the healing and revitalization of a devastated community.
Valerie currently serves on the Board of Directors at Solar One. She is also an Advisory Council Member to WOVEN (We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now) and the Anguilla Music Academy.
Valerie received a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.