Elisa was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. She joined Urban Alliance in November of 2020 in a newly created position as the Community Navigation Specialist. She really enjoys connecting and building relationships with people, and especially listening to their life experiences. She is passionate about supporting people for who they are at their most authentic self. What drives Elisa to serve the community is the desire to see people come into their power and start believing that they are not only capable of accomplishing goals, but destined for a fulfilling life. She remains fascinated by the strength and resilience that people in our community have and honored to share so much time learning from people. She is currently a Master’s Student at Western Michigan University, studying Educational Counseling.