Michael Lewan is currently the director of government relations of the Recording Academy. He received a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from University of Miami in Florida in 2009. In 2012 he earned an M.S. in Public Relations from the Newhouse School and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School.
In his current role, Lewan represents the Recording Academy and its interests on Capitol Hill to various government agencies and figures. His job is to ensure that the legislative and regulatory goals of the Academy are achieved.
Previously, he served as Grassroots and Government Relations Manager for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the trade association for the recreational boat manufacturers, representing close to 2,000 American companies and hosting several of the country's boat shows. Michael is responsible for grassroots advocacy efforts – getting the boating industry involved in the political process. “On a typical day, I work on our regulatory and legislative issues, strategizing how best to use our network to affect our federal [policy] goals,” he says. “My biggest accomplishment to date is collecting 1,000-plus public comments on a proposed EPA regulation.” In the past, he’s worked in Public Affairs as a Growth Energy Veteran Service Representative for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
“Maxwell was a great place to get practical experience while also being surrounded by a diverse and challenging community,” he says. His advice for current students? “Don't be focused on what specific career path; you might be surprised what opens up and you enjoy.”