Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse
Ivonne Díaz-Claisse is the founder, President and CEO of HISPA, Hispanics Inspiring
Students’ Performance and Achievement. HISPA is a non-profit 501(c)3 that
encourages students’ success by recruiting, supporting and coordinating Latino
professionals’ participation in educational programs in the communities where they
live and work. Under her leadership HISPA has recruited close to 1,500 volunteers,
conducted 400 HISPA Role Model Program sessions and has hosted 13 Youth
Conferences. In 2011, HISPA extended its programs to San Antonio, Texas, and in
2013 to New York City.
Díaz-Claisse is an active HISPA Role Model herself, leading by example and having
shared her educational and career experiences with over 10,000 students nationwide.
She has spoken at AT&T, Educational Testing Service, Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy,
Novartis, Merck, UPS, Verizon, Rackspace and Viacom. She has also spoken at the
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers and Princeton universities, and at many
national conferences including the College Board’s “Préparate: Educating Latinos for
the Future of America,” and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute Annual Conference.
Diaz-Claisse has also received numerous awards for her support of Latino youth. She
has been recognized by the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center
with the 2010 Distinguished Maria De Castro Blake Outstanding Community Service
Award, Save Latin America, Inc. 2011 Tres Próceres Award; the New Jersey Institute
of Technology’ s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2012 Educator of the
Year Award; Verizon’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group’s 2012 Community
Service Award; the Latino Institute 2013 award for her supporting Latino students at all
levels; the Princeton University 2013 Service Award in recognition of exemplary
service and dedicated leadership; the Trenton YWCA 2014 New Jersey Women’s Hall
of Fame, and The New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Association 2014 Education
Award. She has also been featured in various media including the Huffington Post,
New Jersey Spotlight, Hispanic Outlook in Education, Latino Magazine, and Mundo
Since 2005, Díaz-Claisse has also been a consultant to various public and private
entities. She is now a consultant to the non-profit Educational Testing Service,
advising the company on programs that seek to increase educational opportunities for
Hispanics, particularly in higher education, and helping to foster collaborative
initiatives with selected organizations. She also provides best practices consulting on
diversity and inclusion for various companies and employee resource groups.
Her professional background includes a 10-year career at AT&T as Operations
Research Analyst supporting network capacity planning initiatives by providing
expertise in data analysis, optimization and forecasting. She also worked for seven
years as an educational consultant for Camera Mundi, Inc., a Puerto Rico-based
company specializing in teacher training and creative educational solutions.
She holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico; a Masters in
Engineering in Operations Research from Cornell University, a Masters in
Mathematics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Arizona
State University. With this background and her professional experience, Díaz-Claisse
is particularly passionate about growing the pipeline of Hispanic students going into
the STEM fields. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is a highly skilled lecturer
and motivational speaker.