Eliana Pereyra brings over a decade of experience in talent identification and cultivation, program development and management, and HR policy. Eliana is passionate about working on projects and initiatives that create the structural change that systemically improves conditions for people to do their best work and that focus on the identification and cultivation of the absolute best leaders to serve students.

Prior to joining the Alma team, Eliana served as an associate with Cross & Joftus, LLC., where she had the privilege of working with school districts around the country to establish or strengthen leadership pipelines, support talent cultivation efforts, and design competency-based selection processes. Before C&J, she served for almost six years within the NYC Department of Education overseeing various aspects of the principal pipeline and then the implementation of teacher leadership opportunities across 400+ schools. Her work included developing policy, setting goals and direction, securing resources, cultivating partner relationships, and overseeing program evaluation.

Prior to her work at the department, Eliana served as a school social worker where she worked with recent immigrant students at risk of dropping out. In addition to district level experience, she brings non-profit experience through her role on the national admissions team for New Leaders where she developed systems and processes that ensured streamlined implementation of a rigorous, competency-based selection cycle for principal residents across seven program cities.

Eliana received a M.S.W. from the Hunter School of Social Work and a B.A. in Economics from NYU. Her social work background serves as the framework from which she approaches all aspects of her work.