CUP Welcomes New Program Manager, Elisa!

"I am excited to be joining the incredible team here at CUP. The first three weeks here have been a great introduction to the wonderful people CUP is connected to, and the amazing programming CUP delivers. In these next few weeks, I look forward to the process of continuing to learn my role so I can contribute to the great work going on here!" -- Elisa

Elisa's Bio

Elisa Espiritu is responsible for identifying diverse avenues for minority and women owned businesses to obtain access to capital at the city, state, and federal levels.  She also oversees CUP’s fundraising initiatives and the CUP Fellows Program, a leadership pipeline development program that trains and develops minority civic leaders and those interested in becoming civic representatives.

A New York City native, Elisa has spent the past several years working with many non-profit organizations in the greater NYC area, including The Posse Foundation, The Chinatown Working Group, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.   Elisa also serves on the Board of Directors for Chinatown Youth Initiatives, and remains an active volunteer with the International YMCA.

Elisa has a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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