Elisa’s journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 corps member in Phoenix. She joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work in her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations as the organization expanded from 22 to 48 regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013 while improving student outcomes each year.
In 2015, Elisa became chief executive officer of Teach For America. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America corps members impact hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,000 schools across the country. The Teach For America network of more than 66,000 leaders is working inside and outside the education field to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.
Elisa holds a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University. She sits on the boards of the Holdsworth Center, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, and Leadership for Educational Equity, and was named in 2021 to ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas list. She lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.