Carmen’s lifelong desire to help others was born out of witnessing and personally experiencing educational inequalities during her K-12 years. Carmen has over 15 years of experience in K-12 School Districts, Charter Schools, Universities, and Non Profits holding various operational roles in, Human Resources, Enrollment & Admissions, Finance, and Student Services. Prior to joining Earn & Learn Carmen was working as an independent HR consultant working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in K-12 school Districts aiding them in operationalizing diversity and inclusion efforts. Before that Carmen worked as an HR Director in a K-12 School District. At Earn & Learn Carmen leads the day-to-day Operations as well as guides the design and strategy of the ELENA platform as it expands into growing communities. Carmen hopes to gain from this program a deeper understanding of how she shows up as a leader as well as explore the workforce problems she aims to solve.