Andres Elizalde serves as HSF’s Manager of Grants & Proposals. His primary role is to support the Development Team by ensuring completion and submission of grant proposals and other requests related to fundraising. Andres is also responsible for identifying potential foundation partners for HSF’s various programs and initiatives.
Prior to joining HSF, Andres spent several years writing grants, as well as designing and implementing community-based programs. He began his career at Green Dot Public Schools, where he taught technology and leadership skills for three years at Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School. In addition to teaching SAT and CAHSEE prep skills through partner agencies after school and on weekends, he also designed and developed a number of college readiness and leadership programs through the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles, the National Council of La Raza’s Escalera Program, and other organizations, over the span of several years.
Andres became interested in issues related to education, early on. While his family almost intuitively understood and consistently reinforced the importance of college, resources and advice were often difficult to come by. It wasn’t until he was in college, as a research assistant at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, that Andres began to understand the importance that role models, mentors, college readiness programming, and character-strengths education can have in influencing children and families on the path to college.
Andres holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative History from Harvard College. He is an avid supporter of open education, particularly MOOCs, and has completed a number of courses, across disciplines that he would otherwise never have imagined studying. He spends his spare time with his family and learning to program in Python.
As the proud son of two hard-working parents who raised four college graduates, even though they, themselves, never went to college, he understands that education, guided by sound advice and a commitment to goals, is the key to opportunity. His mantra is, “If you can believe it, then you can achieve it."
If you can believe it, then you can achieve it.