Elsa Saxod was born in the United States and raised in Mexico. As a Hispanic woman who has lived and been educated in both countries, she has a unique understanding of their respective cultures and the border that separates them. Ms. Saxod began her professional career as a Spanish instructor, first in a classroom and later for the Peace Corps. She went on to work for a Senate staff in Washington D.C. and for Fronteras de las Californias, a non-profit organization charged with identifying channels of communication between San Diego and Baja California.
Ms. Saxod was appointed by the Governor of California as Director of the Office of California/Mexico Affairs and served as Executive Director of the US/Mexico Border Progress Foundation (BPF). BPF was a borderwide, binational organization whose mission was to improve the environment along the U.S.-Mexico border region through outreach and education. She also served as the Director of the City of San Diego’s office of Binational Affairs. The Office of Binational Affairs was the liaison office between the City of San Diego and Mexico.
Ms. Saxod founded SAXOD Enterprises in 1980. The company specializes in helping clients working with Mexico from language training, to guiding private sector clients through government bureaucracies to helping develop partnerships to further business opportunities. She served as Chair of SANDAG’s COBRO committee, as the U.S. Chair of the Binational Watershed Advisory Council, and Chair of the International Committee for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.