Elana is the Vice President, Youth Mental Health, at the Graham Boeckh Foundation, a national private foundation that aims to bring about transformational change to improve the lives of people with or at risk of mental illness. In her role, she works with a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers, mental health experts, philanthropic foundations, service providers, and youth and their families to support Integrated Youth Services across Canada. Prior to GBF, Elana worked at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where she was the Social Innovation Advisor and worked closely with the President to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and advance organizational priorities in child and youth mental health, early childhood development and Indigenous reconciliation.
Before working in philanthropy, Elana was a Program Advisor in the Canadian Ministry of Employment and Social Development, where she advised on their children and families portfolio and supported non-profit organizations across the country as they scaled their social innovations. Elana has also worked in the community sector, with Habitat for Humanity Argentina as a Field Coordinator, and with Santropol Roulant, a youth-run food-security organization in Montreal, where she served as the Director of Development and Communications for five years. In her spare time, Elana likes to ski, spend time outdoors with family and friends, bike, cook and travel. Elana holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Masters in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics.
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