Nicole Lynn Lewis
Founder and CEO

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Demographics and diversity
  • Value of college

Nicole Lynn Lewis is the CEO of Generation Hope, an organization she founded in March 2010 after completing college as a teen mother despite tremendous obstacles. Wanting to help other teen parents earn their college degrees and achieve stable and successful futures, she has created a unique organization that is gaining national attention for its sole focus on college completion for teen parents. Lewis was named a 2014 CNN Hero in 2014 and is a nationally known author and speaker on topics such as teen pregnancy and parenting, youth development, goal achievement, and self-empowerment. She holds a master’s degree in social policy and communication from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in English from the College of William & Mary. She has been honored by several organizations, was named the 2013 Distinguished Alumna by George Mason University’s School of Public Policy for her innovative work with youth through the founding of Generation Hope, and was elected to the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors the same year. Also in 2013, Lewis was inducted into the the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. She is also a two-time TEDx speaker.