Elise has been dedicated to the nonprofit sector for almost 27 years. Most recently, she established Cedar Wise Coaching, which works with nonprofit leaders to accelerate social change.
Previously, she served as the Interim Executive Director of Hedgebrook, an international center supporting visionary women-identified writers. Prior to that she directed two nonprofits, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment and the Institute for Children's Environmental Health, which focused on environmental health and justice issues with national and international reach. From 19921998, she served as the founding Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, where she is now Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Elise has also authored numerous blogs, articles and the Foreword for the book, The Rise of US Environmental Health Movement. Early in her career, she served as a stringer for The Economist and Christian Science Monitor in India and later did her graduate research on the experience of girls in northern India. She has lived, studied and worked overseas for a total of three years of her adult life.
In addition, Elise has engaged in a wide variety of volunteer activities, including serving on more than 10 nonprofit boards, providing earthquake relief services in Nepal, coaching her son's soccer team, and many others.
She is also a triathlete, a dedicated meditator (practicing for over 30 years), a dabbler in various art forms, and a diehard advocate for the Common Good. She received her BA in History from Dartmouth and her Master's in Education from Harvard. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and teenage son in a house with climbing ropes in the living room and running trails out the back door.