• Swearer Center Staff
Elena Vasquez

Elena Vasquez

Assistant Director, Community Partnership

Joined Swearer Center Staff in 


Office hours: By appointment

Where is home to you? Pawtucket, Rhode Island

A.B. Commerce, Organization and Entrepreneurship 2011, Brown University
M.S. Law and Public Policy 2014, Northeastern University

Elena serves as the Assistant Director for the Community Partnership Team. She previously managed the College Advising Corps at Brown University (CAC). The CAC is a college access program that seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school and community college students who enter and complete higher education.

Elena is a Rhode Island native who attended Charles E. Shea High School in Pawtucket and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She developed a passion for education and policy and went on to receive her Master of Science in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.

Elena formerly served as College Access Program Manager for Let's Get Ready, a New England college access nonprofit. She also worked for the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children and BrightStars in Warwick, RI. Elena brings with her a vast knowledge of the college application process after being an Educational Counselor for the College Planning Center of Rhode Island. She served as a College Adviser for the College Advising Corps in Woonsocket, RI for two years.

Elena served as an elected member of the Pawtucket City Council and previously served on the Pawtucket School Committee in Rhode Island. She is an advisory committee member of Rhode Island's Latino College Access Coalition. Elena is also an alumna of New Leaders Council Rhode Island.