Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse is founder and president of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), a nonprofit that mobilizes Latino role models to inspire Latino students to pursue higher education. Founded in New Jersey in 2008, HISPA expanded to Texas in 2011, New York in 2013, Florida in 2015, and Pennsylvania in 2019. Under her guidance, HISPA has earned numerous awards and has reached over 15,000 students. Dr. Díaz-Claisse holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, a master’s in engineering and mathematics from Cornell University and the University of Maryland, respectively, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Arizona State University.