Elise is a current Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at UCLA. She grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and studied geography and urban studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is focusing on Environmental Analysis and Policy in the MURP program, and is most interested in environmental justice and natural resource management, especially pertaining to fire mitigation and water. After she completes her Masters, Elise hopes to return to the mountain west to work in facilitating equitable and resilient communities. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the mountains and rivers in any capacity that she can.