Prior to starting Zest, Elle served as Director of Finance and Operations for Agora Partnerships, a Washington, DC-based organization supporting social entrepreneurs. She has over ten years of experience in financial management, accounting, fundraising, proposal writing and grant management, and human resources. She has worked with a range of nonprofits including Ashoka, AmeriCorps, Outward Bound, and Heifer International.
Elle earned a MBA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University and a BA in Political Science from Bates College. Elle is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation and received her professional coach certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and is certified in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment tool. She is also a Certified Erotic Blueprint Coach™ as well as a Certified Accelerated Evolution™ coach and RYT-200 Kripalu-trained yoga teacher.
Elle brings enthusiasm and integrity to everything she does. In addition to working with passion-oriented small businesses and nonprofits, Elle is a yoga teacher, live music lover, and avid adventurer (36 countries, 7 continents, and 44 U.S. states to date).
Zest is about approaching everything in life with excitement and energy. In multiple studies, zest is strongly correlated with life satisfaction and well-being. In positive psychology, zest is a component of courage, the strength that allows us to overcome fear and doubt to do extraordinary things.