Elena Conley currently serves as the Senior Network Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (MRBF), a regional southern foundation whose mission is Moving People and Places out of Poverty. At MRBF Elena manages relationships and grant portfolios in Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia for the Foundation. She trains and supports network officers, supervises program associates, and serves on the program and management teams.
Before coming to MRBF, Elena was an organizer with the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, which focuses on economic and social justice issues. There, she led several teams and campaigns, including Beloved's civic engagement and get-out-the-vote campaigns, as well as their leadership development program.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Elena moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College, where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology, and double minored in Psychology and Religious Studies. While in school, Elena got her start in organizing and building inclusive communities, organizing Latino/a students to gain greater support and access. She also organized with various non-profit organizations, including the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC.