Nicholas Pelzer

Nicholas Pelzer joined the Wallace Foundation in 2014 and brings over ten years of cross-sector experience developing and enhancing dynamic social initiatives. As a Senior Program Officer in the Education Leadership Unit, Nicholas works with school districts, technical assistance providers, and stakeholders across the country to strengthen their efforts to attract, train, evaluate and support school leaders in urban areas. Before joining Wallace, he served as Director of Public Service Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at National Urban Fellows, where he worked to support long-term strategies and innovative approaches to ensuring diverse leadership in the public sector. As a Project Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he coordinated the launch and expansion of several multi-million dollar grantmaking programs focusing on critical areas in nursing. He also managed national efforts designed to create a more highly educated healthcare workforce, introduce new and diverse researchers to the field, and improve access to quality healthcare for underserved communities. He is an alumnus of several public service and leadership programs including the National Urban Fellowship, AmeriCorps VISTA, Lead NJ, and the America’s Leaders of Change program. Pelzer holds a Master of Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College-CUNY, and a B.S. in Communication from James Madison University.

Enlightening, refreshing, informational and wonderful networking opportunities! A ‘Must Do’ for all educators!

— Marilyn Haile

It was an experience that reinvigorated me with new thoughts and ideas on ways we can improve what we do for our students.

— Peter Ebert