Elena is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison double majoring in Community and Environmental Sociology and Political Science with certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Public Policy. They serve on the Executive and Health and Human Needs Committees, Equal Opportunities Commission, Youth Commission, Human Services Board, and City-County Homelessness Issues Committee.
Elena is currently employed by UW-Madison’s Campus and Visitor Relations as an Information Guide Supervisor. They have served as the Diversity Caucus Chair for the College Democrats of Wisconsin, the Outreach and Membership Director of the College Democrats of UW-Madison, a Student Ambassador for #IamUW, and a student appointee for the Associated Students of Madison’s Shared Governance Committee, Campus Climate and Diversity Committee. Elena is also a proud member of the Multiracial Student Union on campus.
Elena aims to reconcile the relationship between activism and public service, constantly challenging themself on how they can use their position as a County Supervisor to advance the movement towards racial and class equity. In addition, they seek how to best use their identity and power as a biracial, queer, and nonbinary person to make room at the table for those consistently shut out of the conversation
They strive to promote inclusivity, diversity, and student engagement in the greater campus area and on the County Board. Elena is proud to represent District 5, the only district on the County Board that has a constituency composed mostly of students.