Interim Operations Director, TSNE MissionWorks
Born in Boston’s Chinatown and raised in an immigrant family, Elaine attended Boston Public Schools and participated in programs at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) throughout her high school and college years. In 1993, Elaine joined the BCNC staff and became the executive director in 2006. Elaine was serving as executive director in 2011 when she was recognized as a Barr Fellow.
Under her leadership, BCNC experienced a dramatic growth in programs, successfully transitioned into a new Silver LEED-certified facility, expanded services into the City of Quincy, and was nationally recognized with a White House Champions of Change award.
After stepping down from BCNC in 2013, Elaine became the director of strategic planning for Special Education at the Boston Public Schools and is currently the interim director of operations at TSNE MissionWorks (formally known as Third Sector New England). Though she is no longer working in a community based organization, Elaine’s heart is still involved in the community as an advisory board member at BCNC and a board member for other organizations.