August 23, 2021
Zaniya Lewis RLAW '24 started her own nonprofit and has a consulting company to help new businesses.

Talk about your journey to Rutgers Law School, what were you doing before this? What made you want to come to law school?

Before coming to Rutgers Law School, I was running my two businesses. I own a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a consulting company. I also spent some time working at Sesame Workshop as a Project Coordinator for their Military Families initiative. 

YesSheCanCampaign is a 501c3 youth-led nonprofit organization that empowers young people to be extraordinary and to change the world. Our organization is centered on equipping young people who are overcoming adversity with the tools and resources to succeed in college and their careers. We provide opportunities and resources through our programs. At the YesSheCanCampaign, we believe that the climb is our story. 

The consulting company I run is named after me, and it focuses on assisting start-up companies with website development, branding development, and program development. My consulting business also focuses on nonprofit consulting and speaking engagements. 

What appealed to you about Rutgers Law? 

Through my research, I became interested in Rutgers University Law School’s academic success programs, such as the Summer Jumpstart Program and Minority Student Program. I heard about the Minority Student Program through my research of Rutgers Law School. What appealed to me most about Rutgers Law is its commitment to public service, which resonates with my purpose in life.

Talk a little about yourself and your background.

I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and I grew up in Edgewater Park, New Jersey. What is interesting about me is that I grew up in a military family. 

What are your goals for your post-law school career?
I am interested in using my law degree to assist government agencies and corporations in developing their diversity initiatives, employment programs, military and veterans affairs, scholarship programs, and more. I am also interested in working in several areas of law, such as employment law, veterans law, education law, sports law, civil rights, and more.  I also aspire to run for political office one day. My goal is to continue to make a difference in the world. 

Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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