Representative Yvonne Lewis Holley
When you grow up being able to point to the front door of the first African-American Mayor of the City of Raleigh’s home from your front porch and your father’s editorials contributed to the positive dialogue between polarized sectors during an epic time in the nation’s history, there is no way that you can elude the call to service on behalf of your community. These were the early beginnings of Yvonne Lewis Holley, Representative of the 38th District of the North Carolina State House.
Representative Yvonne Lewis Holley gained a strong insight into the workings of state government by devoting her career to state and local government with the NC Department of Administration Division of Purchase and Contract as a Senior Procurement/Contract Specialist. While there, she worked with large and small businesses.
Yvonne was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She graduated from William G. Enloe High School and Howard University. She has one daughter, Erica Holley. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC.
Growing up she watched and learned from community leaders and her father, JD Lewis. Lewis was also Director of Minority Affairs for WRAL-TV. JD Lewis, an iconic broadcasting legend, host and editorialist on WRAL TV, contributed significantly to the positive dialogue between polarized sectors during an epic time in the nation’s history.
The dedicated work of her father, community leaders, business leaders, and institutions resulted in significant growth and development in our state.This influence has followed her throughout her commitment to community service which has included work in education, health, financial, youth development and political advocacy.
Coupled with more than three decades in government, her aggregate experience has placed Yvonne in a unique position of leadership to address our community’s collective concerns. This has impacted her belief in the power of people to speak the truth, fight for what is right and work to affect the issues that impact them — namely, jobs, education and a robust business environment. Yvonne believes that ‘healthy dialogue’ is a lost art in today’s political climate and she hopes to bring that back to the State House.
Community Service History
- Spearheaded African-American Family Documentation Initiative with UNC-Chapel Hill
- President, Raleigh Wake Citizen Association
- Board Member, YWCA of the triangle, Raleigh
- Directed Youth Program for Girls, YWCA of the Triangle
- Chairperson, YWCA “Back to our Roots” Fundraising Campaign and Celebration
- Board Member, Wake Opportunities
- Board Officer, Passage House
- Board member, American Lung Association Triangle Area
- Board Member Wake County PTA
- Steering Committee, First Night Raleigh
- Southeast Raleigh HS Task Force
- Member, NAACP
- Founding Member, Wake County Commission for Women
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Steering Committee
- NC Institute of Political Leadership Fellow