Elaine has held leadership positions in both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. As the Senior Program Officer for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Elaine and her team created the strategic vision for the Grants Department and awarded over $5 million in grant funding. Prior to that, Elaine was hired as the Executive Director of Project Concern in Romania where she helped put the Project and Romania on solid financial footing and opened three branch offices.
Elaine is currently on faculty with the Ventura County Center for Nonprofit Leadership and with Conejo Valley Adult School, and serves on the Board of The Greater Contribution, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women through micro-loans in East Africa. Through these leadership positions, Elaine developed a deep understanding of the need for local community solutions as well as policy advances to address some of the most challenging issues of our time.
Elaine holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University.
Office and Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Ventura, Sara has grown up around the realization that wildfires are a common occurrence in California summers. With her father’s background in GIS and Infrared mapping, the fire world has always been close to home. It unfortunately came a little too close to home during the Thomas Fire.
Sara Kniss started working for the Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council in early 2019 and with their help, gained an understanding of wildfire fuels, and how individuals and ranches can protect their properties.
Sara holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising Management from Oregon State University.