Tony Lewis assumed this position in October 2011, and his responsibilities include shaping and advancing Verizon’s public policy initiatives for the wireline, wireless and enterprise business segments. He also directs Verizon’s philanthropic activities for the region.
Prior to this position, Lewis served as Vice President of Wholesale Development and Operations for Verizon Wireless. He was also responsible for executing the open development initiative which included directing the pricing, activation, billing, distribution, device specification, testing, communications planning, and financial matters for the project.
From 2004 to 2008, Lewis was the president of Verizon - Washington DC where he had oversight for all of Verizon's operations, including regulatory and financial matters in the nation's capital. Previously Lewis held the title of Executive Director, Business Planning. His responsibilities included the coordination and linkage of strategic policy and initiatives affecting Verizon’s business units and its regulatory organization. Lewis joined The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia, now Verizon Virginia in 1986 as a group manager in the operator services department. He has held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities in product line management, traffic engineering and planning, sales, regulatory, public policy, and marketing.
Lewis has served on various boards including, the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University, the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University, the DC Workforce Investment Council, District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. He currently serves on the boards of Fight for Children, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the corporate advisory board for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Federal City Council and is Chairman of the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce’s Governing Board.
Lewis graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business in 1986. He furthered his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leadership Development Program and the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program in 1996. He obtained his MBA from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000.