Elisa grew up in the Lower Valley and graduated from Eastwood High School. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007, during which she also participated in an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2012, Elisa earned her M.B.A from Texas A&M University – San Antonio in 2012. During her graduate studies, Elisa was selected to participate in national leadership programs, studied technology clusters in Ireland, studied biodiversity and emerging economies in Brazil, and competed in international business plan competitions through the Free Trade Alliance.
Elisa has held positions in education (as a Program Coordinator for college cohort programs with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund) and has spent 10 years as a healthcare professional. Her roles in the healthcare industry include: researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, medical device salesperson with Medtronic, Inc., liaison and community educator with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and as a community liaison at El Paso Behavioral Health System.
After success in the private sector, Elisa wanted to do more for the community and was accepted into a highly-selective prestigious fellowship program in Washington, D.C. with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. As a Health Graduate Fellow, Elisa worked in the office of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), and then in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions in Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (TN) Health Team. Following her fellowship, Elisa then worked as a Legislative Aide for Sen. Tom Udall (NM). Elisa was a volunteer grant reviewer in the DC Executive Office of the Mayor on Latino Affairs, has volunteered with the National Latina Health Network, has volunteer with the American Heart Association, mentored high school students, and participated on a medical mission trip in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.