Elise Topazian

System Improvement Advisor


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elise is a Systems Improvement Advisor on the Built for Zero team. Prior to joining Community Solutions, she served with Teach for America as a Special Education teacher and Program Manager in middle and high schools, where she led efforts to increase access to curriculum for students with disabilities. While working in education, she saw the impact of housing and homelessness on students’ ability to be successful in school and is now excited to work with communities to identify and problem-solve around complex housing challenges to see individuals flourish. Elise holds a BA in Art History and Philosophy from Wheaton College and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Lipscomb University.

  • Loves: Facilitating teams
  • Hates: Low expectations
  • Super power: Bridge builder

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