President & Board Chair
Black Cooperative Investment Fund
Robert Lewis is the President/Board Chair of the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF), a 501(c)3, community-based organization that provides microloans to Blacks/African Americans through pooled dollars and raises awareness about the importance of economic empowerment, equity, and wealth building for the Black/African American community, with a specific focus on communities in the Southern California region. BCIF’s vision is to provide a dedicated, reliable, and perpetual source of community-based capital for the Black/African American community, while also serving as a catalytic force for building a critical mass movement of change based on economic imperatives.
Robert has more than 20 years of professional experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit human and social services sector. Robert received a bachelor’s in sociology from Occidental College and a master’s in social work with a concentration in administration and management from Howard University.