Elisabeth grew up in Kitsap County, Spain, and South Korea, with visits to family in the Philippines. She developed an early awareness of how immigration, language and geography impact the opportunities available in one’s life. A strong believer in language as a tool for empowerment, she is excited to support English Innovations, a unique model that is grounded in community, and blends language learning with digital literacy. Elisabeth has a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and has taught ESL curriculum at all levels.
Throughout her career dedicated to addressing disparities in marginalized communities, Elisabeth’s work includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA literacy program coordinator in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, implementing a place-based academic program for low-income immigrant youth in Burien, and developing a robust community engagement program to support homeless adults in permanent housing. As International Services Programs Manager at the American Red Cross, Elisabeth worked to expand language access and family reunification services for immigrants and refugees in King County, and also taught and promoted curriculum on international humanitarian law and the human effects of war.
In 2012, Elisabeth volunteered in rural Chile to document the work of Mapuche artisans for Fundación Chol Chol, a fair trade organization working to preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. She currently volunteers as a tutor with the Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program, and as a photographer for Rainier Valley Corps. She holds a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico.