The Center for Youth and Communities

Sangeeta Tyagi

Sangeeta Tyagi, Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Sangeeta Tyagi, PhD, is Senior Social Scientist at the Center for Youth and Communities and Lecturer in the MBA and MPP programs. She also Chairs the Women in Gender and Sexuality concentration as part of the Masters of Public Policy program.

Dr. Tyagi has more than 20 years of experience in education, workforce development, and organizational leadership development. Most recently, as part of CYC’s work in Ethiopia, she has authored a curriculum on Transferable Life Skills for Ethiopian university students as well as an online Career Development Center Management curriculum for Ethiopian universities. Both of these have been accepted by the Ministry for Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) as their official national curricula. 

As part of her expertise in global youth employment, positive youth development, and organizational development she is engaged in employability development initiatives in India, Kenya, Colombia, South Africa, and Brazil. She also serves as Senior Executive Coach to 13 CEOs of youth serving organizations, as part of a youth serving ecosystem development effort in Philadelphia. 

Before coming to Brandeis, she was the President of YouthBuild USA, a national network of over 260 community-based youth and workforce development programs, where she had also served as Chief Program Officer, Vice President for Education and Workforce Development and National Director of Education during her 14 years in the organization.

She has a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University and an MA in Sociology from the University of Delhi, India. She currently teaches a course on Social Justice Missions and Management Decisions as part of the Heller School’s MBA program and Contemporary Issues in Women and Gender as part of the Women in Gender and Sexuality concentration for the MPP program.