As Vice President of Human Resources, Sherri Lee-Lewis serves as SMC's Chief Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and is responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of personnel matters including employment, academic recruiting, diversity, professional development and training, benefits, compensation, employee and labor relations, contract administration, and legal and regulatory compliance. As part of her primary duties, Sherri also serves as a negotiator during collective bargaining with the college's exclusive representative groups; serves as liaison with the Santa Monica College Personnel Commission; and plans and directs the actions and services of the Human Resources Office staff to include effective integration of the college management information system with Los Angeles County Office of Education personnel/payroll services, among others.
Sherri has over 30 years of human resources experience in the public and private sector, specializing in recruitment strategies, employee and employer relations, conflict resolution and problem solving. Most recently, she has served as Interim Vice-President of Human Resources at Santa Monica College. She began her HR career at SMC in January 1990 as a Personnel Specialist, and moved on to progressive roles within the HR department as Personnel Manager, Associate Director, Assistant Dean, Dean, and Acting Associate Vice-President. Prior to that, she worked as an HR Representative for U.S. Administrators, Inc. Sherri also taught Human Resources Management and Human Relations in Business as an adjunct Business Instructor here at SMC.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (Business Specialization) from California State University, Los Angeles. Sherri and her husband, Dr. Keith Lewis have two sons: Justin, a classically-trained vocalist, and Jeremy, a college student at Loyola Marymount University. As a student advocate, Sherri is a founding member of the Black Collegians Mentor/Mentee program and remains active with the program. She is active in the community and serves on the board for the Santa Monica YMCA and the Santa Monica Human Relations Council.