Elissa grew up in Australia as an active member of the Zionist youth groups where she became a madricha and then State Director of her movement. In 2005, she graduated from Monash University with bachelor degrees in law and commerce. Soon after her admission to legal practice, Elissa made aliyah and within days she started on the road to qualifying as an Israeli lawyer. While commercial law was interesting, Elissa made the next most logical move (for an Anglo in Jerusalem) and went into nonprofit.
In 2011, she joined the ROI Community team and her first global community where she appreciates the constant inspiration she derives from the work of its members. After more than six years, Elissa can still be found amongst crowds of Birthright participants on a weekly basis.