Elena was born and raised in Arcata, having attended all local schools, including Humboldt State. The majority of her career has been in banking, culminating in her retirement from Bank of America in 2004 after working at both the Arcata and McKinleyville branches.
Elena has always been active in numerous community organizations and continues to be involved as the current Chairman of the McKinleyville Senior Center Board of Directors, 1st Vice President of Soroptomist International, and the Treasurer & Financial Secretary for the Italian Catholic Federation. She is also a volunteer for the Arcata Police Citizen's Volunteer Patrol Program and a member of the Board for the Arcata Fire District.
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