CFS Alumna Named 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders List
Elissa Spellman, CFS Class of ’92 and Executive Director of Breakthrough Greater Boston, was recently named one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by City Awake and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Elissa!
From the Breakthrough Greater Boston website:
“Elissa first joined Breakthrough Greater Boston as a Board Member, working actively on the Strategic Planning and Program Committees. She became the Executive Director in 2009 and has since set the vision and guided Breakthrough’s strategic growth into Boston and Somerville (summer 2018). Prior to joining Breakthrough, Elissa was the first Director of the Wellington Management Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting education programs for low-income youth, including some of the affiliate sites of the Breakthrough Collaborative. Elissa has broad experience in the field of education and has also worked with nonprofits focused on foster care, adoption and domestic violence. Elissa began her career as a third-grade teacher at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, MA and has taught in a variety of settings.”
Breakthrough Greater Boston is an organization that prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using its unique Students Teaching Students model. Over the last eight years, 97% of Breakthrough graduates have gone on to college and nearly three-quarters of teaching fellow alumni have launched careers in education.