Alumni Profile

Lisette Nieves
Partner, Lingo Ventures LLC, Brooklyn, NY
MPA, Class of 2001

Lisette is a seasoned social entrepreneur and widely respected public sector leader. She is a Clinical Professor in Educational leadership and Policy Studies at Steinhardt and New York University.  Lisette is a Founding Partner at Lingo Ventures, where she leverages her expertise in education, talent recruitment/retention, enterprise growth, and change management and provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sectors.

Prior to Lingo Ventures, Lisette served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. During this time, she also led the launch of a pilot workforce and community college partnership in Miami and Philadelphia.

Lisette also served as the founding Executive Director of Year Up NY, an innovative workforce development program, where in the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6,000,000 operation with only 40 staff serving over 1,000 young adults from low-income neighborhoods empowering them to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.

In her government roles, Lisette was appointed by President Obama as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she served as the Co-Chair for the Higher Education Subcommittee. She also served as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York and, working at the federal level at the Corporation for National Service, she was part of the launch and administration of the AmeriCorps program.

Lisette's board affiliations include the Fund for the City of New York, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council, Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation, and the Guttman Community College.

Lisette holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an Ed.D in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar and an Aspen Pahara Fellow.