Your instructors are more than NYU Steinhardt faculty – they are your mentors, supporters, challengers, and advocates.

They will push you and they will support you to innovate unique and transformational solutions to persistent challenges within your organization.

Our team consists of faculty from many departments. Learn about the faculty who created this new EdD in Leadership and Innovation.

Noel S. Anderson, Founding Faculty

"We want students to have a collaborative experience in which they ignite a transformation in education from across sectors."

Dr. Noel S. Anderson currently holds the positions of clinical professor of educational leadership and policy studies and chairperson of the Administration, Leadership, and Technology department at NYU Steinhardt.

For over 20 years, Noel has served in a variety of leadership positions. He has worked with large public school districts; charter school networks; private schools; national and international companies leading program and organizational development. Noel was recently National Senior Program Director (Chief Program Officer) for Year Up, Inc, a national workforce and education organization, and was responsible for overseeing program development, innovation, and quality for a growing network of over 15 cities across the country.

Prior to Year Up, Noel was a tenured associate professor and interim chairperson in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College. His academic research focuses on career and post-secondary pathways for low-income youth, cross-sector partnerships in education, and race and equity in education.

Noel’s blog on HuffPost, Tri-Sector Athletes in Education, looks at the role of leaders working cross-sector to impact education and communities in the US and abroad.

View Dr. Anderson's full CV.

Lisette Nieves, Founding Faculty

"We want students who are passionate about learning and want to apply a scholarly lens to their practice."

Dr. Lisette Nieves is currently a clinical professor of educational leadership and policy studies, and director, educational leadership and policy studies program in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at NYU Steinhardt.

Lisette holds a BA from Brooklyn College, a BA/MA from the University of Oxford, an MPA 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, where in 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 National Council on Student Development - American Association of Community Colleges (NCSD – AACC). Her board affiliations include serving as the Board Chair at Guttman Community College Foundation, Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation, NewSchools Venture Fund, and serving as Vice Chair of Fund for the City of New York. Her areas of interest include community colleges, college pathways, workforce, and education partnerships.

View Dr. Nieves' full CV.

Our EdD candidates will understand the impact they’re trying to make. They will understand the need to be innovative and not narrowly ideological. They will understand how to construct cases – for example, cases for funding. They'll need to be media savvy. There’s a whole skill set around preparing the next generation of leaders. That demands a new kind of program.

Dominic J. Brewer
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, NYU Steinhardt; Professor of Education, Economics and Policy

View Dean Brewer’s full CV.