Arethia Toni Lewis: Founder / CEO
A. Toni Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME). FAME, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was organized in June 2004 to advance the value of music, music making and educational study and to create opportunities for youth to experience the joys of music and provide them gifts that last a lifetime. FAME provides support primarily through training, workshops, scholarships and instrument donations. FAME was established on the principal that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood.
Before joining FAME, Toni held a number of key executive level positions at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As Deputy Chief of Staff, Toni served as a principal in the day to day operation of the nationwide agency. She also served as Chief of Staff for the offices of Electronic Government and Government-wide Policy, and held several other key leadership positions in acquisition, management policy, and human resources. GSA coordinates federal policy and provides services to other Federal agencies in the areas of real estate and construction, supply and service procurement, telecommunications and information technology and motor vehicle and travel management.
Another key assignment was serving as Chief Operating Officer of the GSA Presidential Inaugural Committee. This involved the management, direction and support to The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Transition Team. She led a staff of professionals from the various functional areas, including acquisition, information technology, telecommunications, physical and personnel security, construction, facilities management, and budget. She provided overall coordination with the PIC and other support arms to the inaugural committee: Armed Forces, District of Columbia, and National Park Service. This assignment was completed in the shortest timeframe (33 days) in the history of presidential inaugurals due to the contested election.
Toni Lewis is an experienced events manager with more than 20 years of experience in special events, public relations, marketing and fundraising. She serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Perfect Plan of Greater Washington, a special events and entertainment company.
Toni received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the District of Columbia Teachers College and Masters studies at George Washington University.
She has been presented with awards and recognition from numerous Federal, humanitarian and philanthropic entities.