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Alexia Lewnes, MS

Director, Communications

Alexia Lewnes leads the development and implementation of FHI 360’s communications strategies and plans. 

Lewnes’ career in international development spans nearly two decades. She has worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and several other international nongovernmental organizations, providing strategy development, writing and editing, media relations, positioning and branding guidance, and communication tools development. She has reported in more than 20 countries and has written extensively on global development issues, including HIV and AIDS, poverty, girls’ education, adolescent development, human rights and child protection.

Before joining FHI 360, Lewnes lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa for six years as a communications strategist, primarily based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During this period, she worked for United Nations organizations, the Dianne Fossey Gorilla Fund and Futures Group International. 

Lewnes began her career as a journalist, spending two years based in Cairo, Egypt. She has extensive experience reporting on poverty and youth in the United States and is the author of Misplaced: New York City’s Street Kids, a nonfiction book on New York City’s homeless youth.

Lewnes has a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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