Elaina is the Operations & Finance Manager for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Global Operations team. Elaina is a key finance and budget expert that facilitates the coordination and management of the WRI Cites network budget process, provides strategic financial analysis of the Program’s expenses and forecasts, and prepares financial program performance management data for external reports and dashboards. She works with the Operations Team in DC, International Offices (IO), and Grants and Finance Specialists to develop meaningful analysis that helps teams to manage and inform the planning and budgeting processes. She conducts financial analysis for different audiences and prepares management reports highlighting key financial issues. Elaina also works closely with the Global Operations and Program Management Director on creating and implementing operational trainings and assisting in hiring and onboarding Program staff.

Prior to joining WRI, Elaina worked for four years at Mathematica Policy Research in business proposal support as a Proposal Associate and Pricing Analyst. Elaina also lived and studied abroad in 2013 at the Scuola Di Amministrazione Aziendale in Torino, Italy.

Elaina holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Elaina loves living in the city and exploring new avenues for adventure. Outside the office she likes to paint, go camping, snorkel, scuba dive, ski, cook and travel!