Elsa Gomes-Bondlow is a motivated, donor-centric, creative fundraising manager with 17 years of experience in applying development knowledge to increase organizational profitability through advancement opportunities. Interested in issues of diversity and inclusion, she strives to use her knowledge and experience in this area to further social justice and bring light to social inequality.
Prior to joining IINE, she held the position of Major Gifts Officer at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Elsa was previously the Director of Development at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, with over 130 organizational members, where Elsa oversaw all fundraising efforts of a budget of over $2M.
Before MIRA, she worked at Tufts University, where she contributed to major gifts fundraising in the school of Arts & Sciences during the University’s $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the university’s 159-year history. She started her career working for seven years at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), a health and human services provider that advocates for the advancement of people from Portuguese speaking countries, where she supported all the efforts of the Development and Communications Department.
Outside of work, Elsa has also been the Event Planner and Co-Chair of several annual galas, a conference organizer, and supporter of many other community fundraisers. She sat on the Advisory Board of the Cape Verde Children’s Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping abandoned and neglected children in the islands of Cape Verde.
Elsa was a Diversity Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for 2 years 2012-2014, a group that is committed to encouraging greater numbers of persons from racial and ethnically diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in the development field to become active members of the organization and the development community. She now sits on the Board of Directors of the AFP, after being involved on the Conference and the Educational Committees for several years. She is serving currently as the Vice-President of the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Committee in Massachusetts, helping to recruit and foster new talent in the profession.
She also sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of Portugal, a group committed to fostering hope, empowerment, and entrepreneurship in Portugal.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal to a Cape Verdean family, Elsa also has worked as a Portuguese language instructor, a translation consultant, and a consultant for language learning software development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies with a Communications Minor from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, and a Management Certificate in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and French.