Ann Lewis is an American political advisor who was Senior Advisor for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She has served as the Director of Communications for HillPAC and Friends of Hillary 2005-2007 and from 1997–2000 as Director of Communications and then Counselor to Bill Clinton.
Lewis is now the president of NoLimits.org, an issue-based educational organization enabling individuals to stay engaged and active on issues such as health care reform, economic and work-family policies, international and national women's rights, security matters, and other issues and policies championed by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She was head of Political Division of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 1981-85.
Lewis is the sister of former United States Congressman Barney Frank.
She was Director of Communications and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Clinton-Gore Re-Election Campaign in 1995- 1996, and Senior Advisor to the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate in 2000. As the National Chair of the DNC Women's Vote Center, she led the Democratic Party’s major initiative to reach, engage, and mobilize women voters from 2003- 2004.
In 2001, Lewis was the Richman Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, teaching a course on the Presidency entitled "The West Wing and The Real World" and a Public Policy Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ann Lewis was appointed by President Clinton as Co-Chair of the President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History and she was appointed by the President and Senator Daschle to the Women's Progress Commission, established by Congress to report on women's historical sites. She chaired the U.S. Government Working Group for the Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five Special Session of the General Assembly.
From 1994 to 1995, Lewis was the Vice President for Public Policy at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she was responsible for policy, legal and communications initiatives. She has served as the National Director of Americans for Democratic Action, as the Political Director for the Democratic National Committee, and as Chief of Staff to then Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski.
A regular speaker on politics and current events in the United States, Lewis delivered the keynote address to the European Forum in Alpbach, Austria, in 1999 on "Media and Democracy". She was a member of the U.S. delegations to the Vital Voices "Dawn of a New Millennium" Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland and to the European Preparatory session for the Beijing Plus Five Session in Geneva; led workshops in South Africa in preparation for the first-ever democratic elections in that country, and has participated in training seminars for political leaders in Eastern Europe.
Ann Lewis is the author of "The West Wing: An Insider's View" in the Spring 2001 edition of Television Quarterly, the journal of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and other articles about American politics. She served on the Advisory Committee for the book Jews and American Politics, published in the fall of 2001, and is a member of the board of the Jewish Women's Archive.
In 2002, Lewis was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the script A Tribute to Heroes, broadcast on all networks following September 11.
Representing Hillary Clinton's campaign in a March 17, 2008 United Jewish Communities forum in Washington, Ann Lewis was quoted as saying "The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties".
In June 2009, Lewis was honored with the inaugural National Jewish Democratic Council's Belle Moskowitz Award in Washington, D.C. President Bill Clinton was the special guest. Other notable guests included Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Barney Frank, former Congressman Martin Frost, and Frank R. Lautenberg.
Lewis is also a board member of the Jewish Women's Archive.