2014 Tillman Scholar

Dave Lewis

University of Chicago

“I plan to use my leadership experience and education to disrupt the food industry and find innovative solutions to hunger issues in America.”

As an undergrad at the University of Virginia during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dave saw an opportunity to serve his country and gain invaluable leadership experience at an early age. He graduated in 2009 and was commissioned as an Infantry officer through Army ROTC. Assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Dave deployed to Southern Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. As an Infantry platoon leader, he led teams of soldiers on combat and counterinsurgency operations in the restive Sangsar area, the historic home of the Taliban. After returning to the U.S., Dave served as the Aide-de-Camp to the 10th Mountain Division’s Deputy Commanding General for Operations at Fort Drum, NY.

Dave transitioned out of the military in the summer of 2013 and joined ID.me Inc., a veteran-founded technology start-up, where he worked in business development and operations. He recently completed his MBA at Chicago Booth and now works as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. A fitness and nutrition geek, meditation and yoga enthusiast, and wholehearted believer in “conscious capitalism,” Dave hopes to use his business toolkit to grow enterprises that empower people to improve their health and wellness.