In addition to Lisette Nieves's teaching role, she is currently advising a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunity for young adults on developing a scalable college workforce program. She was recently appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. From 2006 to 2011, she served as the founding executive director of Year Up New York. Under her leadership, Year Up New York grew to serve more than 270 young adults per year and became recognized as one of the most impactful youth workforce development programs in New York City. Prior to joining Year Up, Nieves served as chief of staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development for the City of New York. She is a member of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton Advisory Council and remains a proud graduate of Brooklyn College, where she was named a Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar.