Juma Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

Oakland Fund for Public Innovation

Juma Crawford has been a leader in the philanthropic, non-profit, and education space for over twenty years. He was President of the Lewis Family Foundation where he oversaw a $75.2M pledged dollar investment portfolio of both private and corporate giving. In this role, Juma oversaw the dissemination on average of $9.8M new grant monies every year to high performing non-profits, schools, and institutions of higher education.


As President, he launched a $14.4M dollar CollegeWorks Campaign that has produced over 1,000 first generation 4-year college graduates and a tri-sector jobs action tank, a coalition of private sector businesses, local and state government, and non-profits that has created over $28M worth of full-time, competitive wage jobs for 700+ disconnected youth of color. In 2017, under his leadership the foundation launched the Strong Leaders Program, that provided over $2M dollars of funding and executive coaching to non-profit and school leaders of color to increase leadership diversity in the non-profit and education sectors.

A native of the Bay Area, Juma received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Amherst College, where he was a varsity athlete and the first Black varsity swimmer in the history of the college. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College. In 2015, he was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a ‘40 under 40’ recipient as one of Boston’s most influential young leaders. In 2019, Juma was the recipient of the Jim O’Brien Leadership Award, awarded annually to the top leader at Kensington Investment Company. Juma actively serves on the Board of Directors for Codman Academy Charter School, Friends of the Children-Boston, Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, and SquashBusters.


He is an avid English Bulldog owner and proud husband and father of two children, who make him feel like a beginner every day.