Aaron Lewis, MPA, joined the Center for Governmental Studies as a Research Specialist in February 2022. Prior to joining CGS, Aaron worked for the Region 1 Planning Council out of Rockford, Illinois, where he served in a variety of roles and provided expertise in strategic planning, design and implementation, grant writing, project management, and operations. During his time in Rockford, he assisted in the coordination of the 2020 Census for the Northern Illinois region consisting of five counties and 13 sub-grantees, assisted in the development of the Winnebago County Community Health Board’s first strategic plan to establish a basis for funding of $13 million in local tax dollars for mental health service, and contributed efforts in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Northern Illinois region. Aaron has managed funded projects from various state and federal agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IL DCEO), Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), United States Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).
Aaron earned a B.S. in Anthropology and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in local government management from Northern Illinois University. Aaron is a current member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). In the spring of 2021, he was awarded the Local Government Early Career Service Certificate from ICMA for his strong commitment to local government.