Elsa Martinez-Pimentel

Director of Program & Site Development, Massachusetts

Elsa is the Director of Program & Site Development for uAspire Massachusetts. In this role she manages partnerships in Boston, Fall River, Cambridge, Somerville  and Malden. While supporting with the management of our Advisors, a critical piece of Elsa‘s role is helping uAspire expand its AFFORD program model and launching new sites.  Elsa joined uAspire in 2007 as a financial aid advisor, and later transitioned to serving as the Early College Affordability Manager, and in the fall of 2011 supervised the launch of our Lawrence MA program. 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 verses just providing a resource which has a longer lasting effect on our society.