Lois (Indyke) Herrera '84, Alumna Advisor for the Day

Wondering what career options exist in student support, school administration and educational policy? Join MHC Alumna Lois (Indyke) Herrera '84, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Safety and Youth Development, NYC at the Career Development Center for an individual advising appointment where you can discuss your interests and learn from her experiences.  Apply in LyonNet.

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Lois (Indyke) Herrera '84

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Safety and Youth Development, NYC

Lois Herrera, the Chief Executive Officer for the Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD), has served in many professional capacities within the New York City Department of Education for over 30 years. Currently, Ms. Herrera oversees the areas of safety, security, attendance and student support programs. Prior to becoming CEO, NYC’s public school Chancellor Fariña charged Lois Herrera with forming the Office of Guidance and School Counseling to build the capacity of school counselors to positively impact student academic success, social emotional development and postsecondary planning.

Lois Herrera began her career as a middle school Bilingual School Counselor. In this role, she served as an advocate for students and their parents. In 1999, she became the Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services for District 25 in Queens, a role in which she supported the work of 55 guidance counselors in 31 schools.

In 2003, Ms. Herrera entered the NYC Leadership Academy in its first graduating class of the Aspiring Principals Program. Following this program, Ms. Herrera joined the Office of School Intervention and Development (OSID) as the Director of School Programs and Development. One of her major projects in this role was the annual review and dissemination of the Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures: The Discipline Code.

In 2007, she assumed the role of Director of Student Support Services, and later Deputy CEO for Youth Development, in the newly formed Office of School and Youth Development (OSYD), overseeing policy for the areas of school counseling, substance abuse prevention and intervention, attendance, community partnerships, and Students in Temporary Housing.

Mrs. Herrera is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (AB 1984), Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdM 1985), and St. John’s University (PD 2001).