Women's Entrepreneurship Week 2018: Elisa Charters





Elisa Charters
President and Co-Founder, Latina Surge


Elisa Charters has passionately advocated for diversity and inclusion, and the empowerment of the Latino/a/x community for more than 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. She has lead various committees of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey’s Board of Delegates, and more recently the Latino Action Network.


In 2008, Gov. Jon Corzine appointed Ms. Charters to the State of New Jersey’s Minority and Women Business Development Advisory Council. She later was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, where she served as Vice Chair for four years.


In 2014, Ms. Charters co-founded Latina Surge, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and advocate for diversity and inclusion on executive boards in government and corporate America. The organization was named among the Top 100 Empowerment Networks by Lean In.


Ms. Charters serves as an Advisory Board Member of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Martin Tuchman School of Management, focusing on the inclusion of women in business and in STEM fields; and as President of the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.


Ms. Charters 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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