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NEW YORK (August 30, 2021) – Urban Resource Institute (URI), the nation’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter services and a leading homeless shelter provider in New York City, announced Timi Lewis joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In this position, Lewis will serve on the organization’s Senior Team and will play a critical role in the strategy and execution of branding, internal and external communications, public relations, and digital media activities to engage key audiences, drive awareness and influence, and advance URI’s mission and impact.

“We are excited to welcome Timi to the URI team with her extensive background and success in supporting nonprofit organizations in the implementation of business and communications goals,” said Dr. Carla Smith, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of URI. “As awareness for our work has grown, so has our impact as an organization. Timi will help increase, enhance, and promote the URI brand and mission, allowing us to further empower the vulnerable populations we serve.”

Lewis is the founder and principal of Lewis Media Company, LLC, where she most recently served as a communications consultant developing and implementing communications strategies for small businesses and nonprofits in the education, healthcare, and arts sectors. Previously, she was the director of communications for The Governance Lab, a data research center based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Housing Partnership Network, an affordable housing business collaborative.

In addition to these professional roles, Lewis is a member of New York Women in Communications, an organization for female communications professionals. Previously, she served three terms on the Board of Directors as vice president of the organization’s programming, strategic partnership, and sponsorship committees.

Lewis holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.


About Urban Resource Institute

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 committed to a world free of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma, where individuals, families, and communities are safe, stable, and thriving. URI is the oldest licensed domestic violence service provider in New York State and the largest provider of domestic violence residential services in the U.S., as well as a leading provider of shelter and services for homeless families. URI impacts over 40,000 individuals annually through shelter, prevention, intervention, education and direct services, including more than 20 shelters throughout New York City that accommodate over 1,200 domestic violence victims and 1,000 homeless individuals every night.  URI is recognized as a thought-leader across the U.S. and beyond, in particular on the intersection of domestic violence and pets and breaking barriers to access to services. For more information visit www.urinyc.org,