Since 2004, Dr. Michael Lomax has been president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness (students’ need for an education, from pre-school through high school, that prepares them for college success). During his tenure UNCF has raised $2.3 billion and helped more than 92,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Annually, the organization’s work enables 60,000 students to go to college with UNCF scholarships and attend its 37 member colleges and universities, which are historically black.
Lomax also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF’s member institutions become stronger, more effective and more self-sustaining. Under Lomax’s leadership, UNCF has fought for college readiness and education reform through partnerships with reform-focused leaders and organizations.
Outside UNCF, Lomax has worked to provide educational opportunities for African Americans and other Americans of color. He serves on the boards of Teach for America and the KIPP Foundation. He also co-chaired both the Washington, DC, mayoral education transition team and the search committee for a new DC school chancellor.
As of September 2016