Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, is a non-profit leader passionate about shaping the future of learning by designing equitable experiences that engage the heart, mind and innate skills in youth. Lisa is the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. The Clubs hold a rich history of traditional out of school programming and are building next generation STEM and Workforce Development programming for youth. Prior to the BGCWPA, Lisa was most recently the Head of School (Executive Director) and Chief Learning Officer at Nazareth Prep, a progressive independent school focused on bridging education to employment skills gaps in the region for students who’ve been traditionally untapped for STEM careers.
Lisa has been a classroom teacher, robotics coach, after-school program leader, STEAM Coordinator, Director of Technology and Innovation and has held positions in industry a decade before entering education and nonprofit spaces. Most importantly, she’s a champion for youth and enjoys long-standing relationships with her past students who are now adults.
She received an Bachelor of Arts in public relations and design from Duquesne University as well as a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing and Master of Science in Technology. Her Doctorate of Philosophy was earned at Robert Morris University in Instructional Management and Leadership. Lisa was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. She was honored to join Big Picture Learning and the Internationals Network for Public Schools as a Deeper Learning Equity Fellows in 2016. She’s been named an ASCD Emerging Leader, Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Leader of the Year finalist, “Who’s Next in Education” and 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine.
A frequent collaborator within the Remake Learning Network, Lisa believes partnerships and culturally relevant experiences launch innovative ideas and programs. She’s on numerous volunteer advisory committees in the region and is the Senior Vice-President of Growth for the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council.