Elise is a Design Strategist/ UX Researcher living in San Francisco, California. She is currently working for Xero, an accounting software company for small business owners. She sits on the product design team and plans, executes, and synthesizes user research for evaluative and generative research studies. Previous to Xero, she was working on a company she founded called, Moove It Along, an app and website that streamlined the process of getting rid of items. Her expertise and focus lies within user research, strategic thinking/planning, concept development and comedy. Communication with clients and different stakeholders is her jam.

Elise has had the privilege of working on a range of different projects across different consulting firms in San Francisco and LA. She has been responsible for diverse product research, the user interview process, and synthesis for final product and business strategy. She also typically falls into the role of team wordsmith, and occasional story creator, clarifying content, writing video scripts and brand narrative for marketing strategy.

She received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in 2015 and holds a BA in International Relations and a Minor in International Business from Montana State University.

Elise grew up in Boulder, CO and has spent extended periods of time in Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles all of which have influenced her work and thinking. In addition to having a keen interest in design strategy and projects with social impact, Elise is also a semi-beginner surfer, wooden spoon maker, and avid outdoor enthusiast.