Nitzan Pelman opened the New York region of Citizen Schools in September of 2007 and serves as its founding Executive Director. In her role as ED, she oversees a state office comprised of 50 staff members who in turn work with 600 students in 5 public schools in 3 boroughs. She is also responsible for raising 2.4 million dollars in FY11. Citizen Schools was founded in 1995 to bring new solutions the education reform landscape and seeks to reimage the school day.

Prior to joining Citizen Schools, she worked at the New York City Department of Education for four years in the Klein/Bloomberg administration. In that time, she served as the Assistant Director of the Office of New Teacher Induction and helped create a mentoring program for 6,500 new teachers. In her final year at the DOE, she developed, designed, and implemented the citywide "learning environment survey" administered to 1.8 million people through the Office of Accountability. She also served as the first Development Director for Teach For America New York where she organized its first New York City benefit.

Nitzan has participated in CORO's Leadership New York program and served in special project capacities at KIPP and at New Leaders for New Schools. She is a graduate of New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Stern College for Women.