Member, Board of Directors

Patricia Akemi Neilson serves as an educational consultant.  Prior, Pat was the director of the Asian American Student Success Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston that remains funded by the Department of Education, Title III, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant.  Dr. Neilson was also previously the director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in the College of Management at UMass Boston. She has also served as an academic dean at North Shore Community College. Her research interest is in the underrepresentation of Asian American senior administrators in higher education. Dr. Neilson serves on the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) board of directors and mentors promising APAs. As part of the pipeline effort, has served as a faculty member in the Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE).


EdD, Leadership and Administration in Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston

MPH, Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa

BS, Psychology, Seattle University

Professional Publications & Contributions:

“Asian American Models of Leadership and Leadership Development in U.S. Higher Education” in Asian American Voices: Engaging, Empowering, and Enabling. Lin Zhan (ed.). New York: National League for Nursing, 2009.

“Using Culturally Sensitive Frameworks to Study Asian American Leaders in Higher Education” in Conducting Research on Asian Americans in Higher Education. New Directions for Institutional Research. Samuel D. Museus (ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Voices of the Future: Emerging Leaders. Sherry H. Penney and Patricia Akemi Neilson (eds.). Boston: University of Massachusetts Boston, 2009.

Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders. Sherry H. Penney and Patricia Akemi Neilson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.