Melinda Lewis, LMSW, received her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She worked as a nonprofit policy advocate, grassroots organizer, and community researcher for several years and is now an Associate Professor of the Practice in the School of Social Welfare, teaching social policy and community practice courses at the University of Kansas. She is the Assistant Director for the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion, advancing policy based on research into the role of assets in addressing educational inequities. She can be found on Twitter @melindaklewis. Her areas of scholarly interest and practice include poverty and economic inequality, asset-based financial aid, social change, strategies for effective policy advocacy by nonprofit organizations, advocacy evaluation, and advocacy capacity-building for individuals and social service organizations.
Faculty Directors assist the Director with developing the intellectual and research agenda for their particular project area. Currently Dr. William Elliott is the acting Faculty Director for AEDI's CSA Project and the College Debt Project.