Guitele Nicoleau, Ed.D
Executive Director, Ayiti Community Trust
Dr. Guitele Nicoleau is a leader with over 25 years of senior-level management experience in nonprofit organizations in the United States, West Africa, and Haiti. She led major USAID-funded education programs in Senegal ($35 million) and Ghana ($71 million) aimed at improving access to quality education in middle and primary schools, respectively. A strategic thinker and a social entrepreneur, Dr. Nicoleau designs and leads processes that bring together government officials, civil society organizations, community stakeholders and private sector funders to build effective practices, programs and policies in formal and non-formal education systems. Her technical expertise includes education systems reforms, public-private partnerships and philanthropy, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, and program evaluation. She has received international recognition and awards for her exemplary leadership and the results of her work in Senegal.
Dr. Nicoleau received her masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, with a focus on Community Education and Lifelong Learning. She graduated cum laude from the College of Letters of Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut. Dr. Nicoleau is a Fellow of the Children and Family Fellows’ Network of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a former President and member of the Haitian Studies Association. She is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole.