Bertha Lewis (activist)

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Bertha Lewis (born 1951) was the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Organizer of the nonprofit social justice organization ACORN until it disbanded in 2010.

Lewis graduated from Hanover College.[1] She was appointed to lead ACORN in May 2008. In that position, Ms. Lewis oversaw the operations of its 400,000 strong membership, which was active in over 110 cities across the country. A 16-year veteran of the organization, Ms. Lewis was previously the Executive Director of ACORN’s New York affiliate and is a founding co-chair of the New York Working Families Party.[2]


  • 2004 Citizen Activist Award of the Gleitsman Foundation for her work in public education reform.[3]
  • 2005 Leon Bogues award for community and political activism, by New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc.
  • 2006 “Influentials” in politics by New York magazine[4]
  • 2007 100 Most Influential Women of New York, by Crains magazine [5]


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