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Lisette Nieves

Distinguished Clinical Professor

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Lisette Nieves is currently the Director of Educational Leadership and full Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at NYU Steinhardt. Lisette holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, a B.A./M.A. from the University of Oxford, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a doctorate with distinction in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar, and an Aspen Pahara Fellow.

For over 25 years, Lisette has served in a variety of cross-sector leadership positions. She is an experienced social entrepreneur, public sector leader, and scholar. Lisette founded Lingo Ventures which is focused on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Lisette served as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Lisette has also held senior leadership positions in municipal and federal government. She most recently served as an Obama appointee on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she co-chaired the higher education subcommittee and supported the production of two reports and convenings.

Lisette also served as the founding Executive Director of Year Up NY, an innovative workforce development program, wherein the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6 million operation with over 20 corporate partnerships. Her interest in workforce and education led to her dissertation on the relationship between student work and school roles, for which she received the 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award by the (NCSD – AACC). Her board affiliations include Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation, NewSchools Venture Fund, Fund for the City of New York, Education Trust, Jobs for the Future, and a Trustee in the New York Public Library. Her areas of interest include community colleges, college pathways, workforce and education partnerships.

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, N. and Nieves, L. (2020). Working to learn: Disrupting the divide between college and career pathways for young people. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Andre Perry, Lisette Nieves and Yolanda Gallegos. (2017). Higher education must stand up for Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria is Trump’s Katrina. Web. October 2, 2017.
  • The Higher Education Committee of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. (2012). Enriching America through the 21st Century: Increasing Latino Postsecondary Completion. The White House Department of Education. Washington D.C.
  • The Higher Education Committee of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. (2014). Postsecondary Access and Completion for All: Latinas/os in America’s Future. The White House Department of Education. Washington D.C.


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