HI, I'M ELENA
HOLA, SOY ELENA
I'm an ACTFL certified "superior" Spanish speaker with a certificate in professional Translation and Interpreting. I have extensive experience in and passion for international community development and project management, language access, as well as bilingual content creation and brand development.
HERE'S WHAT I CAN BRING TO THE TABLE:
LANGUAGE ACCESS SERVICES
I have an ACTFL rating of "superior" in Spanish, which I attained in September of 2019. In December of 2019 I completed a certificate in Professional Translating and Interpreting through the University of Massachusetts. Plus, I've been translating and interpreting throughout my different professional roles in Central America over the past five years. I am currently an active member of the NCATA.
BILINGUAL CONTENT CREATION & BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Over the past six years in Central America, I have worked to promote several social businesses and NGOs, most recently my own! Starting in Nicaragua in 2014, I found innovating and captivating ways to share stories for the NGO Fabretto, in Nicaragua. In Guatemala, I re-branded a local social business and then went on to created content for 3 different blogs and 5 different brands, all related to my passion for the textiles and makers of the region.
During my time in Guatemala, I coordinated and led a tour of Deloitte consultants, was the project lead for the re-branding of a local social business and worked extensively over the course of two years with local indigenous artisans to develop a fair-trade brand to increase market access for remote Ixil [ee-sheel] artisans.
BUT DON'T JUST TAKE IT FROM ME...
Katharine Allen; Professor, Co-founder of IntepretAmerica
Greg VanKirk; Former boss, Ashoka Changemaker, Co-Founder of Community Empowerment Solutions
"Elena is a good friend I met during my Peace Corps service in rural Guatemala. She has always shown a strong capacity for making connections and building relationships, and she is incredibly values-driven wherever she works. I could see her attention to detail and strong sense of self-motivation as she worked to build a business with local artisans, and she is both a capable problem solver and a quick learner."
"Elena and I worked together during the start of my business, Utz Threads. She ran marketing and supported in the creation of content. Elena is a very detail-oriented person with great organizational skills that truly supported my personal growth as well. She is always thinking one step ahead and is the person you want to have on your team when you’re ready to challenge yourself."