Nilakshi Parndigamage serves as the Chief of Staff and the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives. She helps advance university priorities in the areas of academics, development, facilities, finances, and personnel. She designs and executes strategic initiatives, assists with the development and drafting of university policy, and closely collaborates with the Development Office on major fundraising initiatives.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Nilakshi served as the Dean of Ezra Stiles College at Yale. She was a lecturer of Political Science, taught a popular course on wrongful convictions and criminal justice reform, and worked extensively with students, faculty, and administrators across the university.
Outside of her experience at Yale, she has worked as a human rights advocate in Washington, D.C., Baghdad, the Hague, and Cape Town. Before joining Yale, she was a litigator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Nilakshi, who is from Sri Lanka, is a Senior Fellow of the Humanity in Action Human Rights Organization, a fellow of Ezra Stiles College, and an advisory board member to Yale’s Asian-American Cultural Center. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and B.A. from Yale College.