Anelisa Lauri


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As the Director of Community Engagement, Anelisa provides leadership and strategy for NACCE’s efforts in community engagement as it seeks to explore new program and grant opportunities, while project managing a portfolio of partners and programs. She leverages programs and tools to build and enhance programming and opportunity for the NACCE member network, entrepreneurs across the nation, and NACCE’s growing partner community. She has over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship education in higher-ed, eight years in retail buying, and a comprehensive background working with diverse groups of people and projects.

Lauri worked in various project management roles for NACCE since 2017, including the HP Foundation’s Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, the make/SHIFT conference in Irvine, California, and the grant oversight and management of the Eastern Kentucky train-the-trainer entrepreneurship initiative at community colleges in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission. She also worked as a program consultant to CUNY, New York and Indian River State College and has taught entrepreneurship courses at Baruch College in New York, where she received her MBA with a focus of entrepreneurship. She earned her BS from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.