Mary Lisa Lewandowski
Denver and Seattle Regions
Mary Lisa Lewandowski is the Regional Commissioner for the Social Security Administration, Denver and Seattle Regions. The Denver Region encompasses Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The Seattle Region encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Mary Lisa began her career with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, she has held many different positions in the agency. She participated in the Disability Claims Manager pilot, was an Operations Supervisor and a District Manager. She then joined the Medicare Legislation Planning Team as a Program Analyst, where she gained valuable experience implementing new legislation. She subsequently led the Customer Service Branch in the Division of Operations Analysis and Customer Service, where she focused on service delivery issues.
In September 2009, Mary Lisa became the Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner for Management and Operations Support in the Denver Region. While there, she led the effort to roll out the Environmental Health Hazard Medicare Project in Libby, Montana. The work she did in Libby to ensure that SSA extended health care coverage to all eligible individuals impacted by asbestos exposure was an extremely rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.
In January 2012, Mary Lisa entered the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Class VI. As part of the program, she completed assignments as the Acting Deputy Regional Commissioner in Philadelphia; Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumeration and Administrative Systems; and Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner of the Office of Disability Determinations. In August of 2014, she became the Assistant Regional Commissioner for Management and Operations Support in the Seattle Region. After spending April through September of 2016 in Denver as the Acting Deputy Regional Commissioner, she returned to Seattle in October 2016 as the Deputy Regional Commissioner.
Mary Lisa was born and raised in Rhinelander Wisconsin, home of the Hodag. She participated in an exchange program after high school with the American Field Service, spending one year living and studying in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. When she and her husband Gary are not cheering on their beloved Packers, she enjoys the outdoors, travelling, spending time with family and friends, running and hard style Russian Kettlebell Training.