Elaine leads SEARAC’s communications and development. Her portfolio includes a wide variety of editorial and academic consulting work, including revising and authoring chapters in graduate-level policy textbooks, creating collateral for a pilot university suicide awareness campaign, and serving as associate editor for a B2B publisher of medical trade journals. Elaine also previously worked for The Star-Ledger newspaper.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science, as well as a Master of Public Policy degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a concentration in education and children and youth policy. During her summer internship as a Luskin graduate student, Elaine interned as an education policy associate with the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) in lower Manhattan, where she contributed to a policy report that examined the model minority myth and the problematic educational deficits it produces among Asian American youth.
Born in Cebu City, Philippines, and raised in Clifton, NJ, Elaine identifies as a 1.5 generation Filipino American. She resides in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Elaine has long held a passion for performance art, and she especially enjoys watching her children share in her joy for dance and musical theater.