Elisa Westapher

Elisa Westapher

Vice President, Partnerships & Development

Elisa Westapher works with multiple stakeholders to bring new ideas to the table to reach thoughtful solutions that improve the quality of educational opportunities available to students across the U.S.

Prior to joining NACSA, Elisa practiced law at Holland & Knight, LLP, where she specialized in education and commercial real estate. During her time there, Elisa helped state agencies, charter schools, nonprofits, and ed tech companies structure programs and transactions to achieve their educational goals and maximize flexibility under the law.

Elisa holds a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a B.A. in government from Cornell University.

She believes in a world where the quality of a student’s education is not predetermined by zip code and where all students have access to a high-quality public school.

In what feels like a former life, Elisa danced professionally in Chicago and believes in the power of the arts to transfix and transform.


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