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?

I am a uAspire alumna! I received advising services from uAspire when I was in high school and I also received the Last Dollar Scholarship. I truly understand what it’s like to stand in my students' shoes. Although a lot of students talk about going to college, when they actually attend, they get discouraged and finances get in the way of completion. Helping students (not just a group of student but all students) realize that a post-secondary education is possible is why I do this work. uAspire is educating students and families versus just providing a resource which has a longer lasting effect on our society.