Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis

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Regional Director of Government and Airport Affairs, American Airlines

Folasade (Sade) A. Olanipekun-Lewis is the Regional Director for Government Affairs and Air Service at American Airlines.

Previously, she was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport. Prior to her time at the airport, Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis served as the Chief Financial Officer for City of Philadelphia, City Council President, Darrell L. Clarke, where she was responsible for providing a wide variety of financial and programmatic support to the Council President and members of his legislative body. This included facilitating City Council’s annual review of the City of Philadelphia operating and capital budgets and five-year plan. Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis also provided executive project oversight on councilmanic initiatives and special projects covering a broad range of municipal activities, including the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) program relating the reassessment of taxable realty, proposed divestitures of the city-owned utility, Philadelphia Gas Works, Aviation five year capital enhancement program, and fiscal matters of the School District of Philadelphia.

Previously, Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis served as Deputy Commerce Director for Finance and Administration for the City of Philadelphia where she was responsible for managing the department's daily operations including finance, contract and program monitoring, human resources, office management, and information technology services; and developing and implementing a project management system for the 10 economic development agencies, commissions, and quasi-governmental entities that report to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Philadelphia where she oversaw a $1.9 billion budget. Prior to this, she was Director of Finance for the City of Birmingham, Alabama where she oversaw the administration of the city budgets—a combined $580 million operating and capital budgets, and served as treasurer to numerous city agencies and boards, including the city's $900 million Retirement and Relief Pension System.

Ms. Olanipekun Lewis was the City Treasurer for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to this, Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis was Director of Finance for the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis completed secondary school in Nigeria, West Africa; obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, CUNY BA Program; a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law; and a Master degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government.

Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis lives in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with her daughter, Adeyemi.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu