Lyel is an entrepreneur, technologist, educator, speaker, and consultant. He specializes in launching and scaling innovative products and services, social impact strategy and assessment, and impact investing and startup advisory. He has worked with Google, the ACLU, Girls Who Code, and The Rockefeller Foundation. He is the Co-founder of Swayable (YCombinator W18), which uses data science to create more persuasive media for clients working in the public interest. He is a Fellow at the MIT Civic Data Lab, and an Adjunct Professor of Social Innovation/ Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Berkeley Center for Innovation at NYU.
Previously, Lyel was the Head of PreCollege and Social Impact at The Flatiron School, New York’s leading school for web and mobile development that has worked with the White House and The City of New York on groundbreaking economic mobility initiatives. Under Lyel's leadership, Flatiron Precollege grew to 13 cities and achieved 10x year-over-year revenue growth. Flatiron School was recently acquired by WeWork.
Lyel is a frequent speaker on social innovation, and has given talks at Google, MIT, SXSW, the US State Department, The Mexico Foundation for Science, among others. Lyel sits on the boards of the Centre for Social Innovation, The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, and Sourcemap.
He holds degrees in Physics and Political Science from MIT, where he was a Burchard Scholar, and an advanced degree in Business, Media + Technology, and Education from NYU where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2013.