As a director, Elaine provides leadership on UPD’s school improvement efforts, K-12 continuous improvement projects, and transformational learning partnerships. These service areas combine Elaine’s passion for high-leverage data use and facilitating strategic solutions with the critical nuts and bolts of education-sector practice improvement.

Her district clients have included: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL), the School District of Palm Beach County (FL), Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN), Omaha Public Schools (NE), Tulsa Public Schools (OK), New York City Department of Education, and Syracuse City School District (NY). Elaine has also supported the Florida Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Louisiana Department of Education.

Elaine’s passion is for making sure public systems are as effective as possible and to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. For the past 15 years, she has worked in child welfare, youth workforce development, juvenile justice, K-12 education systems, and policy advocacy on child and family well-being issues. 

Elaine holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.