Policy Strategist, Funders for Housing and Opportunity
Funders Together Board Member
Elisa is a disrupter, change agent, and bridge-builder in the philanthropic space. She has an extensive track record centering impacted communities and applying an intersectional equity lens to her work. Elisa brings almost 20 years of experience and expertise to FHO as an influential voice for housing justice in governmental, philanthropic, and nonprofit arenas. She is a visionary and big-picture thinker who uses a restorative and regenerative philosophy to problem-solving for community change. Prior to FHO, Elisa was the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants in Oregon, where she was named “Best Low-Income Tenant Advocate” by the Willamette Week for her work on renter organizing related to displacement and substandard housing issues. Most recently, she was a housing opportunities program officer, co-leading advocacy and racial justice housing strategies, and supported the investment programs for the Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest private foundations in Oregon.