Lewis Conway Jr. has written four books and has been recognized for his professional servant-leadership nationally. Conway has served on numerous boards and is currently serving as an Advisory Board Member of the Rikers Debate Project and Community Outreach Advisory Council Member for First Step Alliance.


Lewis is an ordained Minister, Executive Director of the Change The Whether Initiative, a nonprofit that works inside prisons and jails with young and adult men. Conway and his wife, Nicole (a mental health advocate), started Equally Yoked Marketing and Consultants, a research and marketing firm that assists organizations with connecting to their target audience using data driven messaging.


As a formerly incarcerated individual, having served 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter; Conway has worked tirelessly in local and state legislatures advocating for criminal justice reform, parole reform, voting rights restoration, occupational licensing reform and mental health access, diversity in leadership, building power in disenfranchised communities, .In 2018, Conway challenged an ambiguous state law; becoming one of the first formerly incarcerated people in Texas to have their name placed on an electoral ballot.


Lewis, currently works as a Strategist for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) working nationally to carry out large-scale advocacy, legislative, electoral and organizing campaigns which advocate for policy changes that promote the abolishment of mass incarceration.


Conway has over two decades of experience as a visual storyteller and digital content creator in the broadcast and music industry.


Highlights


2021 | REFORM 'Give Life Back' Partner

2021 | Community Outreach Advisory Council - First Step Alliance

2021 | Advisory Board - Rikers Debate Project

2020 | Producer - "Yes on 805" PSA x Scarlett Johansson

2020 | Producer/Director - "Corrective Compassion"

2020 | Producer/Director - "Clemency Is Compassion"

2020 | Rikers Debate Project Fellow

2019 | AYC ChangeMaker

2019 | Launched #RunWithConviction

2019 | Launched #VoteWithConviction

2019 | Co-Founded - Equally Yoked Marketing and Consulting


Campaign Work


2021 - Clemency 25k - Federal

2021 - St. Louis Mayoral

2021 - Alabama Habitual Offender

2021 - Louisville Police Contract Transparency

2021 - Delaware LEBOR Legislation

2021 - Texas Pretrial Reform

2021 - Utah Parole/Probation Reform

2020 - Wisconsin Parole/Probation Reform

2020 - Kentucky Parole/Probation Reform

2020 - Utah Parole/Probation Reform

2020 - Orleans Parish District Attorney


Public Speaking


2019 - Borough of Manhattan Community College

2019 - John Jay College

2019 - Cardozo School of Law

2019 - NYU School of Law

2019 - NYU

2019 - Columbia University

2019 - Ben & Jerry's Global Franchisee Convening

2020 - Princeton University

2020 - Georgetown University

2020 - CBS/Viacom - w/ Twyla Carter x Marc Lamont Hill

2020 - ATX Film Festival

2020 - w/ Empire x Lloyd / Voices For Change

2020 - Levi’s w/ Danielle Silber, Zara Haqq

2021 - UT Austin School of Law

2021 - Yale University

2021 - Brooklyn School of Law

2021 - NYU School of Law

2021 - March For Our Lives (Teach In)