Elsa Martinez-Pimentel
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Elsa Martinez-Pimentel

Regional Director, Massachusetts

Elsa is the regional director of Massachusetts, overseeing the region's strategy and informing  programmatic, policy and fundraising initiatives. Previously as the director of program and site development for uAspire Massachusetts, Elsa managed partnerships in Boston, Fall River, Cambridge, Somerville  and Malden. While supporting with the management of our advisors, a critical piece of Elsa's role was helping uAspire expand its Afford program model and launch new sites.  Elsa joined uAspire in 2007 as a financial aid advisor, and later transitioned to serving as an early college affordability manager, and supervised the launch of our Lawrence, MA program in 2011. Prior to joining uAspire, she worked at the National Science Foundation as a HACU fellow. Before and during her time in college she worked for a number of years at Teen Empowerment as a youth and community organizer. Elsa earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Regis College.

Why uAspire?

As an alumna, I know what it’s like to stand in my students' shoes. Pushing our students of color to pursue higher education ‘at all cost’ perpetuates the cycle of poverty. uAspire not only provides a resource; we fundamentally aim to educate our students to make college financially feasible which has a lasting impact on our society.