Prior to joining IINE, Elsa Gomes Bondlow 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.
Elsa serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and 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.