Diane C. Lewis, 33, who worked with Marion Barry when he was a member of the D.C. school board and campaigned for him in the recent election, has been appointed the mayor's special assistant for education.
Lewis has worked for the D.C. school system for five years, first as special assistant to the president of the school board, and most recently as legislation officer for the legal services branch office of the superintendent. She has been responsible for writing legislation that affects the school system for the City Council and the Congress.
Lewis said her duties in the mayor's office will include serving as liaison between the mayor and city agencies that deliver educational services, such as the Department of Human Resources. She also will act as liaison between the mayor and the D.C. school board and the University of the District of Columbia.
When asked about particular goals of the Barry administration for the coming year concerning education, she said, "I don't believe we've established specific goals yet." She added that she is now reading the transition team's report and "making some assessments."
Lewis said she will not be able to say whether the Barry administration will attempt to get more money from Congress for the school system until the entire city budget is reviewed. In recent years, language requirements and other cultural programs have been dropped from the school system for lack of funds.
Lewis, who lives at 4850 Connecticut Ave. NW and has been a resident of the District since 1971, is married to Julius Hobson Jr., the assistant for federal affairs to the vice president for development and university relations at Howard University and a former member of the D.C. school board.
Lewis received a bachelor's degree in economics from the City College of New York, and a master's of public administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.