District 6 - Donna Collins-Lewis
Newly re-elected for her third term, Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis continues to serve Council District 6. As a member of the Metro Council, Donna’s mission is to assure representation for all District 6 constituents, and to work with the Mayor and her colleagues to assure that Baton Rouge truly becomes one of America’s next great cities.
Donna’s main focus for the next four years will be on what she calls the B.I.C. plan: Blight Elimination, Infrastructure Improvement and Code Enforcement. She believes continued oversight in these three areas will greatly improve the overall view of District 6 and the parish as a whole. Her goal is to create a climate that will inspire and encourage citizen involvement. During her first term on the council, Donna served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Transit System where she advocated for transit reform. In 2012, she was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Council on Aging.
Donna brings twenty years of experience in public service to the Metro Council. She has worked as legislative assistant to then-Councilwoman Sharon Weston (Broome), Housing Administrator for Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, managed a Lease/Purchase Homeownership Program for New Hope Community Development Corporation, and served as a Resident Initiative Coordinator for the Baton Rouge Housing Authority. As the Housing Program Manager for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps, Donna has traveled the state of Louisiana connecting families and communities with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In her current role as the Director of Housing for Community Development, Inc., a private nonprofit organization specializing in real estate and community development, Donna works tirelessly to ensure families have access to affordable housing that is decent and safe. Donna believes that homeownership and community involvement equals stronger, safer neighborhoods. She has participated in home buyer and credit education programs that assist families living at or below the poverty level to realize the American dream of owning their own home and becoming self-sufficient.
Donna's community involvement has included chairing the Racial Justice Committee as a board member of the YWCA, member of the EBRP Long Term Recovery Committee, Board Chair for RīZ Up Louisiana, and board member of Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation. She also volunteers her time on many community service projects across the city. Donna’s passion to serve comes from her mother, a single parent who raised four children on a meager income while walking to work at night.
Donna is married to Clifford S. Lewis, her greatest cheerleader, encourager and supporter. She is the mother of three and grandmother of ten. She is a member of Star Hill Church where she serves on the Ministry Leadership Team and facilitates a Woman’s Sixty Minutes (Sunday School) Class.
For more information, email Legislative Aide Pamela G. Smith.
OPEN NEIGHBORHOOD BR: DISTRICT 6
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