Representative Regina Lewis-Ward is a native of Brooklyn, New York, attended public schools, and lived with her mother, father, and siblings in New York City public housing (NYCHA). She earned a BBA in computer systems from Bernard M. Baruch College and an MA in political science from Clayton State University. She was the first African American elected to represent Georgia's 109th District. Due to the 2020 Census updates, Representative Lewis-Ward serves House District 115, mostly McDonough, and a small section of Stockbridge.
She is a former member of the Georgia House Minority Caucus Whip team, Stacey Abrams Fair Fight Action Senior Fellow, past chairwoman of the Henry County Democratic Committee, former City of Stockbridge councilwoman, adjunct professor, children's book author, and founder and director of A Place Matters, Inc. She serves on the state Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Banks and Banking, Interstate Cooperation, and the Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications committees. Through the National Organization of Women (NOW), GA Chapter, Representative Lewis-Ward is the Northwest Regional Task Force Director focused on issues to protect the rights of women and girls.
Representative Lewis-Ward worked in a variety of leadership roles with communities, organizations, government agencies, unions, Pre-K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education in urban and suburban areas, including the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, National Women in Agriculture Association, March of Dimes, Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovative Institute and Advance Technology Development Center, Clayton County Courts (CASA), Southern Crescent American Business Women's Association, League of Women Voters of Georgia, Ratify ERA Georgia, Atlanta Regional Commission-Global Panel, Henry County Federation of Democratic Women, Feed My People, Inc., Metro South Association of Realtors, and former Governor Sonny Perdue's Graduation Coach Initiative. She is a civically engaged educational leader committed to student learning to break barriers.
Representative Regina Lewis-Ward established an Empowerment Scholarship with the Gordon State College Foundation to aid students interested in American politics. The scholarship helps to address the under-representation of African American women in public office.
She has two adult children and one grandchild.