• Ed.M. 2016 – Harvard Graduate School of Education, Technology, Innovation, and Education
  • B.A. 2012 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Middle Grades Education

Areas of Expertise

  • College Access
  • Latinx Studies
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Program Development
  • Technology & Innovation


Elaine Townsend Utin – a proud Peruvian-American – is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of LatinxEd. Through her roles, Elaine focuses on leadership and identity development to help Latinx youth be creatively, civically, and collegiately ready to lead our future in North Carolina. Her work focuses on advocating for Latinx students, especially those facing various financial and geographic limitations. This originates from her own experiences growing up in rural North Carolina as a 1.75-generation immigrant from a low-income family.