Elisa Westapher

Elisa Westapher

Vice President, Partnerships & Development

In her role as Vice President of Partnerships & Development, Elisa Westapher cultivates and strengthens NACSA’s organizational partnerships to further our mission and strategic initiatives. These partnerships include working with our board of directors, national advisory board, members, and federal policy partners. Elisa also leads our development team to ensure future financial growth and stability through maintaining strong relationships with NACSA’s current donors and creating new relationships aligned to our strategic priorities.

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. Elisa lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband, two children, and dog.


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