Yolanda Lewis oversees Pew’s work to improve justice-related efficiencies at the state and local levels of government, including oversight for public safety performance, mental health and justice, and civil legal system modernization. Through research, technical assistance, partnerships, and advocacy, Pew helps policymakers identify emergent trends and adopt evidence-based reforms to improve outcomes in the justice system.
Before joining Pew, Lewis served as the district court administrator for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, where she designed initiatives in judicial administration, court and case management, civil justice, alternative sentencing, mental health, and justice reinvestment to assist policymakers in addressing challenges related to public safety. Lewis has served as a faculty member for Michigan State University’s Judicial Administration program, vice president of the National Association for Court Management, a founding member of the Fulton County Smart Justice Advisory Council, and president of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators.
Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration from the University of South Alabama.