Davante Lewis
Communications Co-Chair, NLC Louisiana

Davante Lewis is the public affairs and outreach coordinator for the Louisiana Budget Project, focusing on higher education policy, monitoring legislative developments and working with advocacy groups and coalitions partners in forging a common agenda and action plan to advance LBP's policy agenda. He leads the Invest in Louisiana Campaign, a proactive policy agenda for Louisiana. He is a leading voice for equity in higher education by advocating for student loan and financial aid reforms for Louisianans students.

Prior to joining LBP, he was an elementary school teacher in the Coweta County School System in suburban Atlanta. He led programs to enhance positive behaviors systems and promote positive relationships between teachers and students.

Davante has worked as a political consultant working on many local, state, and, federal campaigns. He served as a member of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and 2016. He was a candidate for Calcasieu Parish School Board at the young age of 18. He was inspired to run by his commitment for youth to be involved in policy decisions. He continues to focus on the importance of being civically engaged as young people by giving keynotes, workshop, and seminars for high school students on civic engagement.

Davante is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications. While there, he served as a two-term Student Body President, the Chair of the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents and a Board Member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Davante also served as one of the first members of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council, serving as the Vice Chair.

Davante was a national high school and collegiate Speech and Debate champion winning in debate and interpretation events. He has been honored for his civic and professional work by the Mayor of Lake Charles, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana House of Representatives. His work has been featured in Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, Governing Magazine, Hechinger Report, TIME Magazine, and others. He lives by his life motto "passion without action is a wasted emotion."