An experienced real estate investor and entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis is also an active philanthropist who has held numerous leadership positions in the Methodist Church and the wider community. Lew McGinnis is the former director of the Tucson Opera Company, the Pima Air Museum, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.
Since its establishment in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has worked to preserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the Sonora Desert region. As part of its conservation efforts, the museum strives to prevent the spread of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), an invasive and highly flammable species that puts the area at a high risk of wildfire.
Additionally, buffelgrass competes with native species for sunlight and nutrients, which leads to potentially dwindling numbers of the iconic saguaro cactus. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum joins the Pima Association of Governments and Sky Island Alliance in raising public awareness of the problem of buffelgrass and working toward long-term solutions.