Profile President Board Of Aldermen Lewis Reed
As I have mentioned in previous columns the Board of Aldermen are out of session and are on summer hiatus until Friday September 14th. This week the Aldermanic Profile is featuring, Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen.
Lewis Reed was elected President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on April 3rd, 2007 and reelected April 2011. He is the first African American in St. Louis history elected to this position. The President of the Board of Alderman is the head of the legislative branch of government. The President is the 2nd highest ranked official in the City behind only the Mayor.
Lewis has championed many causes including founding Bike St. Louis and rebirth of Washington Avenue. He is responsible for passing legislation addressing environmental sustainability, crime prevention in youth and neighborhood development. He has received many awards including: St. Louis Magazine, Cool 13; Gateway Classic, Citizen of the Year 2008; Alive Magazine, Men of Style 2009; St. Louis Argus, 2007 Distinguished Citizen; St. Louis Port Council, Able Helmsman Award; 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Conference, Man of the Year; Cardinal Glennon Hospital, Champion for Children; St. Louis Business Journal, 2009 Inclusive Leadership and many others.
Lewis attended Southern Illinois University on a wrestling scholarship. There he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science, a field he would go into professionally.
Lewis had a very successful career in the private sector prior to dedicating himself to public service. He was the Director of Networks and Telecommunications for the Edison Brothers Stores’ world wide operations, where he developed and managed an annual budget in excess of 3 million dollars, managed staff and renegotiated multi-million dollar worldwide contracts reducing cost and increasing production. He also was the Manager of Data Networks for SSM Health Businesses, a billion dollar health care organization, where he developed and managed an annual budget in excess of 2.5 million dollars, and developed technology solutions to meet business goals.
Lewis represented the 6th Ward for nearly eight years. He made history by being the first African American Alderman ever elected to this post. During his time as Alderman, he drafted and passed the first neighborhood based TIF in the history of the city; added hundreds of new housing units throughout his ward and hundreds of millions of dollars in new development; and helped bring $1.7 billion of development to the city.
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