Lewis, a city manager for the city of Pismo Beach, California, is from
Torrance, California but currently resides in Atascadero, California. Jim
graduated with a B.S. in Public Policy and Management from the University of
Southern California in 1997. He then went on to receive his MPA from the
Maxwell School in 1998.
Beach is a California coastal municipality serving 7,800 residents and hundreds
of thousands of tourists a year. Jim is currently working on several tasks,
including a Downtown Vision, development of more hotels and tourist amenities,
an IT master plan, achieving the City Council's goals, getting approval new
renew a sales tax measure, and growing the city's economy.
use what I learned at Maxwell every day and built a great network of people,”
Jim says. “I enjoyed my financial management courses and really valued
Professors Jump, O'Keefe, and Greene.” Jim also received full support for his
MPA through a Truman Scholarship.
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