Lisette Nieves, NY 90 Selected as 2016 Staats Award Winner

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Founding Partner, Lingo Ventures

Lisette Nieves is an experienced social entrepreneur and public sector leader.  She is currently a Founding Partner at Lingo Ventures, where she provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management.  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 million operation with 40 staff serving over 250 young adults annually. Her government experience includes serving 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, launching and administering the AmeriCorps program. Her board affiliations currently include the Fund for the City of New York, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council, Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation, Guttman Community College and an appointment as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she serves as the co-chair for the higher education subcommittee. 

Lisette holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an Ed.D in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is both a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar and was recently an Aspen Pahara Fellow.