Elaine directs UPD’s education sector support focused on continuous improvement, design and planning, and implementation efforts. These service areas combine equitable systems change, high-leverage data use, dynamic change leadership, and facilitating strategic solutions with the critical nuts and bolts of education-sector practice improvement. She also supports clients by providing action-oriented professional learning and coaching focused on building team member knowledge, skills, and capacity in their efforts to grow their antiracism and equity practices.
She has over a decade of experience coaching and facilitating complex stakeholder-driven design processes, high-impact planning, equity-focused improvement networks, change leadership, and data use practices. Elaine’s clients have included Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL), Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN), Hartford Public Schools (CT), Tulsa Public Schools (OK), the Florida, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts Departments of Education, various non-profit intermediaries in the education sector, and many others.
Elaine’s passion is for making sure public systems are as effective as possible and to improve opportunities and outcomes for the least-reached in our communities. 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 School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.