As director of strategic partnerships and development, Elsa Duré cultivates key strategic partnerships and works to execute the organization’s multi-year fundraising plan. Prior to joining Chiefs for Change, she was the deputy director at the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition. In this role, Elsa spearheaded key strategic initiatives and led internal operations. Elsa previously served as CEO of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the transformation of K-12 education and dramatically increasing high-quality educational opportunities for Rhode Island students. Prior to that, she held the roles of chief of policy and expansion and director of policy. Before joining RIMA, Elsa was a research associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, where she implemented, managed, and documented research projects at the local and regional levels. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University. She is a 2015 NextGen Leader through the Pahara-Aspen Educational Fellowship.