Meet The Staff


Erika Smith

Director

Erika Smith has served as the director of the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) since 2004. In this role, she oversees the development and delivery of the program's instructional and academic support program, co-curricular programming, and advises students through and beyond their time in the program.

As a member of the university’s Academic Services office, Erika also provides academic advising to students outside of MKTYP, serves on the executive council of the Committee on Academic Standing, the university’s Academic Integrity Advisory Committee, the Students and Enrollment Events Committee, and the campus-wide Kindness Day Committee.

Prior to serving as the program’s director, Erika served as program coordinator and a math instructor in MKTYP, and as a research assistant at Brandeis Heller School's Center for Youth and Communities. She has been on the program’s staff, and at Brandeis, since 2000.

Erika holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, where she matriculated as a Posse Scholar (a merit leadership scholarship program that sends groups of students to top-tier colleges and universities), an EdM in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her research focuses on college access and success for youth in foster care. When Erika is not working, she likes to take West African dance classes, do yoga, meditate, run, and spend time with friends and family.

Lily Pineiro
Senior Department Coordinator

Lily Pineiro joined the Academic Services team in 2016 as a Senior Department Coordinator. Originally from Colombia, she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in marketing from the UNAB — Colombia. Prior to working at Brandeis, Lily's work experience includes supporting International Students as an admission officer for Approach International Student Center. She also has more than eight years of experience working as a Commercial Developer and Sales Coordinator in Colombia for Nutresa Food Conglomerate. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, working out at the gym, going for walks at night and trying international cuisines.