Writer & Public Speaking Coach

Dana M. Lewis is President and CEO of In Other Words, LLC, a successful writing firm that specializes in ghostwriting, speechwriting, blog content and restaurant reviews. Additionally, she is a highly-skilled writing and public speaking coach.

Ms. Lewis’s storied 20-year federal political career began when she was an unpaid U. S. Senate intern and ended upon her departure from The White House under Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama. Ms. Lewis is the first African American to serve Majority Leaders in the House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate, the nation’s first African American President, Barack H. Obama, and the first African American First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Ms. Lewis’s federal legislative experiences enabled her to become well-versed in:

Congressional legislative procedures and rules of order; drafting and analyzing laws and bills; being an effective and persuasive surrogate; and professionally engaging with various constituencies. She was a legislative assistant, press secretary, senior policy advisor and legislative director for Members of Congress, candidates, and campaign committees. As Senior Policy Advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Ms. Lewis worked with the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his staff to craft emergency education legislation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A skillful bi-partisan negotiator, she drafted a bill which makes fleeing across state lines to evade child support payments a felony. It passed both chambers of Congress with bi-partisan support.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Ms. Lewis worked directly for Senator Obama and handled confidential personal advance duties on his behalf. She traveled extensively with and for Senator Obama and Mrs. Obama domestically and abroad until his election as President of the United States in 2008, after which she became First Lady Michelle Obama’s Special Assistant and Personal Aide in The White House. Ms. Lewis was the primary point of contact on behalf of the First Family when they were in private residence for both the East and West Wings of the White House, the United States Secret Service, elected officials, Camp David, their extended family, friends, and guests.

In 2010, she became Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. While there, she successfully reconstituted a formally dormant board of 12 businesswomen and entrepreneurs representing different industries from a cross-section of the country in under six months. Under federal mandate, the council analyzed pending legislation and policies directly related to the advancement and equality of opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The Council reported directly to the President, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Members of Congress.
Ms. Lewis is an international motivational speaker. She has been a panelist at the national level hosted by prominent public and private organizations, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, The National Education Association, Women in Public Policy, Konnect Learning in Sydney, Australia and at Harvard University. In 2019, she will deliver keynote addresses to: elected and appointed women leaders in the Australian Legislature in Canberra; several hundred attendees at Hampton University Minister’s Conference; and Connecticut’s NAACP Annual Gala. Ms. Lewis has been featured in several publications, including Uptown Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Stamford Advocate, and Hampton University’s Alumni Magazine. Ms. Lewis continues to consult directly with candidates and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels.
Currently, Ms. Lewis is Gallery Director at the Packard Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She will attend the prestigious Fine Arts Work Center’s summer workshop program and is currently writing the biography of internationally renowned artist Anne Packard. She has published several articles, reviews, and editorials nationwide and is drafting her first novel, “Five Days in Room 11,” which she plans to submit for publication in 2020.

Ms. Lewis is from Weston, Connecticut and graduated from Hampton University in 1993 with a degree in political science and earned an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2003. A former Pennsylvania Notary, her current memberships include: The Professional Speechwriter’s Association; Gotham Ghostwriters; American Marriage Ministries; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.