Nitzan Pelman

CEO
ReUp Education

Nitzan Pelman is a social entrepreneur at heart and cares deeply about finding solutions to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Prior to founding ReUp Education in 2015, Nitzan founded the New York region of Citizen Schools and served as its first executive director for 6 years. She grew her team to over 100 staff and managed a $5 million budget. Nitzan tripled the organization’s client base and saw students in the program graduate from high school at a 20 percent higher rate than their peers.

Nitzan was highlighted as a leader with The Limited’s “What Leading Looks Like” campaign and was profiled on their website.

Prior to her work at Citizen Schools, Nitzan was an assistant director at the Department of Education in New York City. She also served as the first development director of Teach for America New York. Nitzan holds a master’s in public administration from New York University and a B.A. from Stern College for Women.

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