Elena, a native of Boulder, Colorado, moved to North Carolina in 2006 to attend Guilford College where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology. Prior to joining the Foundation, Elena was a community organizer with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC . Elena is new to philanthropy and excited to meet, learn from and collaborate with MRBF's many grantee partners and colleagues.
Here's a little bit more about Elena in her own words:
Q: What out of your previous work experiences do you think will help you in your new role?
I believe there are two things that will most help me in my new position. First is my work building and understanding the key role networks play in creating effective, long-term change. Second, I think my deep understanding of community and my values around the importance of building strong inclusive communities will serve me well.
Q: What do you think you have the most to learn about?
I bring a lot of on the ground nonprofit and organizing experience to the table. However, I have not worked in the philanthropic sector before. I am looking forward to learning how to blend and build relationships between those two worlds in a way that supports and furthers the work of Babcock and our grantees.
Q: What excites you about your new role at MRBF?
I am most excited for the opportunity to learn about and support another area that is vital to helping create social change. I came to Babcock because of their approach to working with communities and grantees. I truly believe in Babcock's collaborative approach to partnerships and grantmaking. Additionally, I am beyond excited to have the privilege to work with a dynamic staff who bring years of experience supporting social change and lasting outcomes in communities across the Southeast.