Elina is an independent consultant with nearly a decade of experience in international development, including policy, finance, program management and monitoring and evaluation. She has spent the last 5 years advising social sector organisations, including donors, nonprofits, think tanks and social enterprises, on moving beyond “traditional grants” to alternative financing mechanisms that leverage private capital and focus on results. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Elina oversaw refugee resettlement operations in the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia for the U.S. Department of State.
Elina earned a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (with a concentration in International Development) and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Russian and Spanish and dabbles in Mandarin Chinese.