Charles Ashby Lewis, Evanston, IL


Charles Ashby Lewis

Charles Ashby (Chuck) Lewis is chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation and Managing General Partner of Coach House Capital, his family office.  He is a retired Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, of Merrill Lynch & Co.

Chuck was educated at Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Amherst and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Grinnell College.

Chuck was a Trustee of the University of Chicago.  He is involved with the UChicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) in a number of capacities.  He is also a life member of the College Advisory Council and a member of the Division of the Social Sciences Advisory Council.

He is a Life Trustee of Amherst and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Life Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter, and a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. He is on the National Board of Directors of OneGoal and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Loeb Center Advisory Council at Amherst.

Chuck was a member of the National Finance Committee for both Obama presidential campaigns and has written numerous commentaries he calls “Obamagrams.”

He is married to Penny Bender Sebring, Ph.D., a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago and the Co-Founder of the UChicago Consortium on School Research, a principal component of UEI.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

Chuck and Penny have jointly received the key to the City of Evanston and awards from the McGaw YMCA; the Second Baptist Church of Evanston; OneGoal; and the Golden Apple Foundation.  Chuck also received an award from The People’s Music School. He is a member of the Shaker High School Sports Hall of Fame.





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