Lisette Nieves started with CCFY as Project Manager for the Community Connections Detention Diversion (CCDD) Program. Through CCDD, Lisette worked with Horizon Juvenile Detention Center staff, as well as a CCFY Parent Peer Coach and Peer Mentor to facilitate creative strategies that divert youth from detention and connects them to CCFY and community resources. She now serves as CCFY’s Deputy Director of Programs. Lisette is a proud lifelong Bronx resident who has dedicated herself to a career in youth, education, and community development for twenty-five years. She has been a MUEVETE! organizer for 23 of those years in various roles and is currently developing it as a viable 501c3 nonprofit youth development organization. She started her career as a public school teacher in the South Bronx and went on to supervise programs with various organizations, including the Caribbean Cultural Center, The Valley, United Way, The Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs. Most recently, she served as the Founding Principal of Storefront Academy South Bronx and held several senior positions at BronxWorks, including Department Director of Children and Youth Programs. Lisette first connected with CCFY as a participant in the premiere Alternative to Incarceration training and as a partner with the South Bronx Community Connections program in her roles at BronxWorks and MUEVETE! Lisette graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree and earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University.