Alumni Profile

Lisette Nieves
Lisette Nieves
Former Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blue Ridge Foundation, New York City; Partner, Lingo Ventures LLC
MPA, Class of 2001

Lisette Nieves is currently a social entrepreneur-in-residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation. She was recently appointed as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Previously, Nieves served as the founding executive director for Year Up NY, a workforce and education program for young adults.  From 2002 to 2004, she served as chief of staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York. Earlier in her career, Nieves was the director of special projects at the After-School Corporation in New York. She currently serves as the vice-chair of New York City’s Panel for Education Policy, a trustee of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, a member of the Year Up National Board, and a member of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton Advisory Council. Nieves was a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar. She also was the recipient of a Robin Hood Hero Award (John F. Kennedy Jr. Hero Award) from the Robin Hood Foundation, and El Diario’s Mujeres Destacadas Award from La Opinion. She holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.