Sheila Lewandowski '97

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Cofounder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory in Queens, New York, Sheila Lewandowski ’97 is recognized as a civic leader who sees the arts as an integral aspect of community development.

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From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Lewandowski served as the first managing director of Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). During this time, she was instrumental in helping to secure new funding for QCA, increasing the budget by more than 20 percent, expanding services to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, its visitors, and businesses.

In 2016, Lewandowski was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award by Bennington College.

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