Chief Programs Officer
LeNaya Hezel serves as the Warrior-Scholar Project’s chief programs officer, collaborating with WSP team members and partners to cultivate inclusive educational experiences that are accessible to any enlisted veteran pursuing higher education and beyond.
LeNaya is a Ph.D. candidate in public sociology at George Mason University, where her dissertation research focuses on how military-connected students accrue social and cultural capital in higher education. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WSP. Previous to WSP, LeNaya served as the inaugural Veterans Office director at Georgetown University and a certifying official at George Washington University. She holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. LeNaya is a 2021 Veterans Leadership Program scholar with the George W. Bush Institute and a Pat Tillman Foundation scholar, but her most prized accomplishments include being a military spouse to a U.S. Navy officer and mother to three spirited children.