As Deputy Director of Climate Policy, Lew supports the Climate and Economic Transformation program (CET) at the Roosevelt Institute, working at the intersection of climate policy, public investment, and racial equity. With the CET team, he helps set the program’s strategic direction and leads the EJ40 project, which focuses on environmental and economic justice in climate policy and clean energy investments. He is active in policy development and legislative work across multiple climate justice movement spaces, including New York Renews and the United Frontline Table.
Prior to joining Roosevelt, Lew was a Senior Policy Analyst and then Director of Policy and Research at the think tank Demos. He has written reports on topics including the Clean Air Act and racial equity, climate economic costs, and federal policies for climate justice. His commentaries and articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Boston Review, and Democracy Journal, and he co-authored (with Gar Alperovitz) the book Unjust Deserts, among others. Lew has worked internationally with the Global Well-Being Lab and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (South Africa). He lives with his family in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan.