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Elisa Westapher

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Elisa Westapher works directly with authorizers to strengthen charter school oversight through the development of customized systems, structures, and solutions. Elisa leads and manages a wide variety of projects at NACSA, from authorizer evaluations and technical assistance projects to the development of statewide authorizer accountability systems. Elisa enjoys working with multiple stakeholders and bringing 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.


Most Recent Posts
NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5...
NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications
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Read it in the Washington Post: Without Communities
Some important, really important, stakeholders are notably absent from a piece on the history of charter schools in Wednesday’s Washington Post. The author places teacher unions in opposition to education reformers and policymakers...