The NACME team is comprised of individuals with outstanding careers in education, science, research, publishing, marketing, finance, and financial aid management.
Michele Lezama

Michele Lezama
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michele Lezama began her role as President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering in March 2018.

Lezama has extensive experience in both university and corporate settings. She most recently served as a strategist for Purdue University’s, nationally recognized, Minority Engineering Program (MEP) and she was an employee of the University of Notre Dame in her role as executive director of The National GEM Consortium (GEM). GEM is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to increasing the number of under-represented individuals who pursue and receive a masters or PhD in engineering or science by providing full fellowships. Lezama is credited for creating a national program called GRAD Lab (Getting Ready for Advanced Degree Laboratory). GRAD Lab leveraged GEM’s national network of university partners to provide students with critical information on the STEM graduate application process and national funding opportunities.

Prior to GEM, Lezama served as Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a 501c(3) student run organization. Lezama is credited for turning around the organization’s financial position from risking payroll to acquiring a new headquarters facility tripling the organization’s capital position and creating a long-term investment structure. Under Lezama’s leadership, NSBE received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring awarded by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology.

Prior to NSBE, Lezama was the Director of Satellite Scrambling Operations at Home Box Office (HBO), a Time Warner Company, and prior to HBO she served as the Associate Director of Broadcast Operations and System Integration at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Prior to Lezama’s media career she was an engineer with IBM in New York at their Poughkeepsie, Manhattan and Brooklyn facilities.

Lezama earned her BS in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University (NACME Scholar) and both her MS in Industrial Engineering (GEM Fellow) and MBA in Finance and Accounting (Toigo Fellow) from Columbia University. She is married to Ricardo Lezama, the couple has two adult daughters.


Each NACME employee brings special skills and talents to the organization: balancing experience with innovation and a respect for tradition with an eye on the latest technology, and blending an awareness of our environment with a passion for diversity.

Aisha Lawrey, Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships

Denise Ellis, Strategic Partnerships: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Programs

Felisha Britton, Program Manager, Scholarships

Kevin G. Smith, Program Manager, Professional Development

Shamira Redd, Accountant


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