Elisa Nelson, Board Member
Community Leader Representative
Elisa Nelson is the first Utah Connections Academy school board member to be a Utah Connections Academy graduate! Elisa graduated from Utah Connections Academy at age 15 with high honors and as the school’s first English Sterling Scholar; she also received four scholarship awards for university. Elisa was elected to serve on the board at age 19.
Elisa had the honor of speaking at Utah Connections Academy’s graduation ceremonies in 2018 and 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in business administration and concentration in strategic leadership. Elisa graduated magna cum laude at age 19 and is working toward earning her master’s degree and a doctorate in the same field. She is on the dean’s list and serves as an ambassador for her university.
After Elisa completes her education, she plans to pursue a career in international business and teaching. She has been an active animal advocacy volunteer for many years. Attending Utah Connections Academy challenged Elisa as an advanced student and also gave her time to volunteer.
As a graduate of Utah Connections Academy, Elisa can share firsthand knowledge of her school experience with other board members, providing insights that will help them gain an understanding of a student’s perspective. She appreciates the honor of serving on the board.