About Randall Lewis
Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.
He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives.
He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder's Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders.
Mr. Lewis was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lewis is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education.
He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
How and Why L.A. Lost Its Economic Mojo: Lessons for Other Southern California Regions
February 24, 2016
In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Michael Storper, UCLA professor of urban planning noted that:
"For most of the 20th century, Los Angeles was one of America's top economic success stories. From 1910 to 1970, as greater L.A. multiplied its population 21 times, it fostered high-quality growth, zooming up the ranks of income per inhabitant to become America's fourth-ranked metropolitan area. It was at the center of the core technology industries of the moment: movies and aerospace. Its regional rival was its northern neighbor, San Francisco, where trucking and transportation, communications equipment and corporate and banking headquarters put Bay Area residents even higher on the income scales: No. 1 in 1970. For decades, though, the difference between No. 1 and No. 4 were minor. California's two big-city regions were a pair of economic miracles. Not anymore."
What happened to Southern California? Professor Storper, co-author of the recently published book "The Rise and Fall of urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles will share insights into the reason for L.A.'s decline and lessons learned that will benefit other regional economies as they work to grow their local economies.