Elaine has been with UPD since 2010, during which time she has led the development and roll-out of performance management processes in the Memphis, TN, Omaha, NE, and Syracuse, NY school districts. In each of these projects, she worked closely with district leadership teams, principals, and cross-functional central office teams to set goals, identify the highest leverage work to reach their goals and then implement regular data-driven, continuous improvement routines. Elaine is currently managing a project that is bringing four Florida districts (Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Lake and Volusia) together as part of a collaborative network to improve implementation of standards-aligned instruction.
Prior to working with these districts, Elaine designed, facilitated and managed nine cross-district networks in Rhode Island in partnership with the RI Department of Education to accelerate the implementation of the state’s Race to the Top initiatives. She also led the replication of this model in Illinois, under the umbrella of the US Department of Education’s Reform Support Network.
Elaine’s passion is for making sure public systems are as effective as possible to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. For almost 15 years, she has worked in child welfare, youth workforce development, juvenile justice, k-12 education systems, and policy advocacy on children’s well-being issues. She leverages her expertise in performance improvement processes, stakeholder engagement efforts, change management, and collaborative strategy development to address issues of education equity and effectiveness.
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.