Elena is a native of El Salvador. She attended Oberlin College-Conservatory where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music history, and the University of Massachusetts Boston where she earned a Master’s and a Ph.D. in public policy. She has close to 25 years of experience working in and serving the non-profit sector. For 10 years, Elena directed Centro Presente, a member-driven, statewide organization dedicated to achieving the self-determination of the Central and Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. She has received numerous awards including the 2005 Barr Fellowship and the 2006 “Drylongso Award” which recognizes “outstanding individuals for their work challenging structural racism and working to build a just society”. Currently, Elena is an organizational development consultant, facilitator and trainer.