Nilakshi Parndigamage serves as the Chief of Staff and senior adviser to the Provost. She helps advance the Provost’s Office’s university-wide agenda and works closely with Yale leaders in all planning functions of the university. She designs and executes strategic initiatives, assists with the development and drafting of university policy, and works with the Development Office on major initiatives involving academic priorities.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Nilakshi served as the Dean of Ezra Stiles College at Yale and worked closely with undergraduate students. 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 specializing in complex commercial litigation 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.