Elisa A. Charters

Elisa A. Charters

Elisa has passionately advocated for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), and the empowerment of the Latino/a/x community for 20+ years. In 2000, as President of the Port Authority Hispanic Society (PAHS), she identified and negotiated solutions for inclusion with the Port Authority's C-suite Diversity Council. Subsequently, she lead various committees of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey's (LLANJ) Board of Delegates, NJ's most powerful statewide Latino advocacy organization. As Appointments Chair of LLANJ, Elisa challenged public officials to increase diversity and inclusion on public boards. In 2014, Elisa co-founded Latina Surge, a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to educate and advocate for D&I on executive boards in government and corporate America. On social media, @LatinaSurge dynamically challenges the status quo results of antiquated diversity models, and promotes positive self-empowering action (#INpower) to reward companies for exemplifying authentic best-in-class corporate social responsibility. Elisa is a certified Cornell/ILR D&I Management professional. She is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University and Columbia University with advanced degrees in Environmental Science, Real Estate Finance and International Finance and Business, respectively.

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