Empowering Youth Through Education

Dr. Kadar Lewis

 

 

Vice President of Programs, Fulfillment Fund Los Angeles                           Interim Chief Operating Officer, Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas

Serving on the Executive team, Dr. Lewis helps lead our program departments towards annual goal attainment, develop and manage organizational budgets, and support annual fundraising, internal staff development, programmatic evaluation and organizational strategic planning. Additionally, he serves as project lead on our new Digital Learning initiative, translating our direct service beliefs and attitudes and college knowledge curriculum into free cloud-based modules available to students throughout California. 

Since joining the Fulfillment Fund, November 29, 2013, Dr. Lewis' leadership helped Fulfillment Fund students achieve inspiring college access and success results.  During this time, on average over 90% of our graduating high school seniors were accepted to college and intended to register, while over 60% of our college scholars completed their undergraduate degrees within six years.

Prior to Fulfillment Fund, he completed a nearly four-year tenure with the Magic Johnson Foundation between 2010-2013.  Promoted to Director of the Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP), Dr. Lewis led a renaissance effort of program expansion accompanied by increased sponsorship.  Under his leadership, TMSP was awarded the 2012 Fastweb.com Scholarship Provider of the Year Award, a prestigious national award recognizing providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in support of higher education.

Dr. Lewis began his full-time career in education in 2000 as an elementary school/middle school teacher.  He taught for two years at the View Park Prep Charter Schools.  He subsequently joined the Inner City Education Foundation charter management organization (CMO) leadership team, where he helped grow the ICEF family of schools from two to seven charters, primarily working to direct communications, raise funds, support strategic planning, and develop college access programming.

Prior to joining the Magic Johnson Foundation, Kadar consulted on fundraising and strategic development plans for local nonprofits.

"We employ a wonderful staff of professionals working hard each day to help make college a reality for our students and their families.  It's my honor and privilege to work alongside our team."

A first-generation college graduate, Kadar grew up in a low-income single-parent household where education was always prioritized by his mother. Kadar earned his BA in Philosophy from Harvard, and his MA in Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Last year, en route to earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, he completed a dissertation on the college to career transition for an African American male student athlete.