Raised in a diverse working-class family in Northeast Minneapolis, Elianne got her first taste of organizing as a high school Junior when she joined the Sweatfree Minneapolis Schools Campaign. After an exciting victory, she was hooked, and has worked to advance social and economic justice ever since.
The first in her father's family to be born in the United States, building power in New American communities is a passion of hers and in 2008 she joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights' non-partisan voter registration and mobilization campaign. Following that record-breaking campaign, Elianne continued to work in Chicago's northwest side as a Community Organizer with Albany Park Neighborhood Council. While there, she built ethnically, institutionally and generationally diverse coalitions to fight for student-led education reform, for youth jobs and against harmful budget cuts. In 2010, she held various leadership positions in the MN Gubernatorial race, including Outreach Director for Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Deputy Field Director at the DFL's Coordinated Campaign. In 2011, Elianne joined the MN AFL-CIO as the Strategic Partnerships Director. Her work there focused on building strategic and enduring community-labor partnerships to advance issues important to working families.
Elianne currently holds the position of Deputy Campaign Manager ar the Fair Workweek Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy.
She has lived and traveled throughout the Middle East and United States, and is very proud to call Minnesota home.