Elissa moved from The Rio Grande Valley to Austin in 2007 to attend the University of Texas. After receiving her BS in public relations, she spent time in Hawaii, traveled for six months in Southeast Asia, and obtained an MA in arts presenting and live entertainment management from the University of Miami. Along the way, Elissa freelanced in various event production roles for festivals such as III Points, Miami Music Week, SXSW, and Utopiafest. She eventually settled back in Austin and joined the FBR team in April 2018. When not at work Elissa can be found supporting local music, exploring the greenbelt, and eating giant bowls of pho.