Elly is the Director of Youth Housing at SMYAL. She is originally from Sanford, Florida, but has lived all over the country. She’s always wanted to live in DC and views this as her forever home. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Victim Advocate, a Shelter Supervisor, and a Forensic Interviewer. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year Orlando, and spent two years as a Resident Assistant and one year as a Head Resident Assistant at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Elly is passionate about creating a world where youth have a voice; where housing isn’t a barrier to success.
Outside of work, you can find Elly training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, lifting Atlas stones and logs while training Strongman, or taking innumerable pictures of her dog, Amara, and her cat, Mr. Crowley. Elly also loves cooking and baking vegan food for her friends.