Elaine was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a double major in French and English Literature. After fielding several pointed questions about what she was going to do with her degree, she returned to New Mexico to work in a civil litigation firm and showed that getting a job with a literature degree is indeed possible.
Elaine came to the District to work in civil rights litigation. As a daughter of an interracial marriage, she is especially thrilled to support the efforts of the ACLU affiliate responsible for litigating the historic case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down racial miscegenation laws across the U.S.
When not at the ACLU, Elaine reads voraciously and enjoys holding her own on a pool table.