Elsy Cipriani serves as the Managing Director of our Manchester office, which runs IINE’s larges reception and placement program for newly arrived refugees. She is leading our effort in New Hampshire to expand education and career services to both refugees and immigrants. Prior to joining IINE, Elsy was the Senior Director of Programs Operations at Heading Home in Boston, MA, and she held a senior management position at the Boston Public Health Commission.
Elsy started her career with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRI) in South America working with refugees and immigrants in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. As Field Coordinator and Researcher at JRI, she was a key participant in partnerships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch to mitigate the impact of the Colombian armed conflict in the area and to stop the use of child soldiers.
Since coming to the United States, Elsy has continued working for and with vulnerable populations, particularly refugees and immigrants. She worked in Northern California and Southern New Jersey supporting migrant farmworkers in their access to employment, education, health and legal services. She was also directly involved in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act across seven community health centers in Southern New Jersey.
Elsy serves as an advisor for VidaAfro-Latina an international women’s fund to support survivors of sexual violence in Latin America. She also volunteers for local sports organizations in NH.
She is originally from Bogota, Colombia and lives in Derry, NH with her husband and son.
She graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador with a BA in Economics and she obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Strayer University.