Anya Lewis is the Director of Individual Philanthropy at IRAP. In this role, Anya leads all aspects of individual major, mid-level, and grassroots fundraising efforts in collaboration with IRAP’s development, executive, and board leadership.
Prior to joining IRAP, Anya’s 16-year development career focused on global human and women’s rights, media, and the arts. She was Associate Producer of The Trials of Spring documentary film on women’s roles in the Arab Spring as irrepressible forces for justice and freedom (part of PBS’s Women, War & Peace II mini-series), building upon her success in her earlier capacity as Senior Major Gifts Officer at WNET New York Public Media, where she led individual giving for the Women, War & Peace I PBS mini-series on women’s experiences in conflict zones and leadership in peace building worldwide. Anya also served as founding Executive Director of the Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, which supports the vision and work of Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. Additionally, she was Vice Director for Development at the Brooklyn Museum, and Campaign Director for the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s capital campaign for its landmark building and endowment. She began her career in development consulting for New York City-based arts and international cultural exchange organizations.
Anya holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.