Charles (Chuck) Lewis

Coach House Capital; Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation

Charles Ashby Lewis is Chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation. He is a retired Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, of Merrill Lynch & Co.

Chuck received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from 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.

He is a Life Trustee of Amherst and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Chuck was a Trustee of the University of Chicago. He was instrumental in creating the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute (UEI). He is a member of the Consortium Investor Council, which supports UEI’s Consortium on Chicago School Research. He is also a life member of the University’s College Advisory Council and was a member of the Division of the Social Sciences Advisory Council, the Governing Board of the University of Chicago Charter School, and the Board of Directors of UChicago Impact, LLC. He was a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Chuck was a member of the National Finance Committee for both Obama presidential campaigns and wrote numerous commentaries called “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 University of Chicago Consortium. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Chuck and Penny have jointly received awards from Evanston’s McGaw YMCA, the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, OneGoal, the Golden Apple Foundation, and Evanston MashUp. They received the key to the City of Evanston. Chuck also received awards from Amherst, the Chessmen Club of the North Shore, and the People’s Music School. He is a member of the Shaker High School (Latham, New York) Sports Hall of Fame.

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