Elisa Westapher is Director of Authorizer Development. In this role, Elisa will work to improve authorizing practices around the country by supporting NACSA’s full range of services to charter school authorizers. Elisa comes to NACSA from Holland & Knight, LLP, where she worked as an attorney specializing in education policy and law. During her time at Holland & Knight, Elisa was awarded the Chesterfield Smith Public Interest Fellowship, which allowed her to dedicate a year to working on policies and programs designed to close the achievement gap for low-income and minority students. Elisa holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.