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Roanoke Spanish is passion for communicating effectively and enabling active engagement in our global and local communities. We are a full service firm providing written translation, interpreting, private and small group language instruction and tutoring, and customized services to drive new business opportunities and corporate solutions with the right language tools.

We are also deeply committed to giving back and building our community and partner with local non-profits and charities to volunteer our expertise for the good of members of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Elda Stanco Downey, PhD

Dr. Elda Stanco Downey is the Founder + CEO of Roanoke Spanish. Languages and communication are at her core - she was born in Venezuela and grew up trilingual, speaking Spanish and Italian at home, and English at the International school she began attending at age 4. Dr. Stanco Downey earned an Honors Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Romance Languages & Literatures at The University of Chicago. She holds an M.A. and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from Brown University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and at Harvard University

Dr. Stanco Downey has over 25 years of experience working, living and traveling in domestic and international settings. She has been on the Faculty at Roanoke College, Hollins University and Brown University, and she is currently on the Faculty of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She is also the Executive Director of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). Dr. Stanco Downey has served on multiple Boards of Directors, including the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Roanoke Valley, Local Colors of Southwest Virginia, and the City Market Foundation. She was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Board of Trustees of the Roanoke Higher Education Authority in 2017, and serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board. In 2018 she was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Complete Count Commission. Dr. Stanco Downey's TEDxRVA talk on resilience can be seen here.  

Nominated as Micro Business of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber

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1327 Grandin Road SW
Roanoke, VA 24015