Piyush Srivastav is a husband, father, businessman and community leader. He’s passionate about public education and is excited to running for Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education, District 2
“Lincoln is fortunate to have safe, high-quality public schools and I am proud to be an LPS parent. I want to be part of the school board in order to protect and strengthen our schools to ensure all our students, parents, and teachers have the resources they need to succeed.”
Piyush is the founder and president of NAQS – Environmental Experts, a Lincoln-based environmental consulting firm serving national and international companies.
In addition to his service to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department’s Air Pollution Control Advisory Board. He previously served on the advisory board for the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center.
Deep Lincoln Roots
Piyush and his wife Aradhna moved to Lincoln in 1991 for graduate school and quickly realized that this community was where they wanted to call home and build their life. The quality of the public schools was a part of that decision.
“Both of my parents were educators and instilled the value of education in us early in life. As an immigrant from India, I can attest that education is a great equalizer and the path to the American Dream. I have seen first-hand how good schools drive workforce development and translate to strong businesses and a vibrant community.”
Strong Ties to Strong Schools
Srivastav and his family have longstanding connections to Lincoln schools. He served as chair of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and was actively involved in founding The Career Academy. Aradhna holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Nebraska and has spent countless hours volunteering in the PTOs of her daughters’ schools, including a term as president. They have two daughters. Avni graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and the Entrepreneurship Focus Program before attending college and now works at the University of Nebraska and runs her marketing company; Annika is in her first year at Southeast and serves on the student council.
As chair of the Foundation for LPS, he saw the challenges facing our public schools and worked to support students and teachers with the resources they need. With 135 different languages spoken in LPS schools and a wide disparity in socioeconomic backgrounds, extra effort needs to be made so that all LPS students have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
When discussions began about what would become Lincoln’s Career Academy, Piyush jumped at the opportunity to help make it a reality. He was heavily involved in the process of planning and launching the program, including out-of-state travels to tour other programs.
“The schools in Lincoln have been exceptional for our family. We need to do everything we can to ensure that a world-class education is available to every child in our community. That’s what our family has done in private and that’s what I will do as part of the LPS School Board.”