Elise is the Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). She was appointed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019 to a seat on the Air Quality Control Commission, the state regulatory body in charge of ensuring clean air and a healthy climate in Colorado. Before joining SWEEP, Elise served as a Boulder County Commissioner , where she focused on climate action, sustainability, equity and multimodal transportation issues.
Prior to running for public office, Elise was the Executive Director of a statewide conservation advocacy organization, Colorado Environmental Coalition (now called Conservation Colorado), which advocates for stronger climate, energy, wilderness, land use, transportation and other environmental policies. She has also worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters; a senior legislative assistant for Oregon congresswoman Elizabeth Furse; and a policy advocate for the National Wildlife Federation. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in New York and a master’s in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan.