Lewis Zuchman


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Lewis Zuchman joined SCAN in 1987 as Executive Director. He holds a Master Degree in Social Work from Columbia University (1974). Under Zuchman’s stewardship, SCAN funding has increased from $750K to $20M and the number of clients has grown from 150 families and 300 children to 400 families and 5000 children.

Prior to joining SCAN, Zuchman was Associate Executive Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children. He serves on the Board of several community organizations, including the Human Service Consortium of East Harlem (founding President and current Co-Chairperson) and has played a prominent role in empowering New York’s City's Latino communities, including serving as a consultant to PROGRESS (Puerto Rican Organization for Research, Education and Self Sufficiency). He is an Adjunct Professor at Hostos Community College (a division of CUNY in the Bronx).

Zuchman was one of the original 1961 Freedom Riders and has been recognized for his significant contributions to the civil rights movement in recent books, including “Breach of Peace” and “The Freedom Riders”. Zuchman’s Freedom Rider experience and professional career addressing the needs of inner city African-American and Latino young people is being highlighted in a documentary film currently in production.

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Lew and SCAN supporter Damon Dash, HipHop impresario.
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Lew with then-Council member Phillip Reed and Rose Pascale, former SCAN director.
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Lew with Robert and David Bouillon, Jerome Thomas and Jamel Oeser Sweat, all graduates of the first Reach for the Stars class, at Reach for the Star's 10th anniversary celebration.