Elyse Gordon is a social justice nerd, educator, chef and connector in Seattle. She is completing her dissertation at the University of Washington in the Geography department, studying the relationship between social justice philanthropy, poverty and politics. Elyse is a teaching fellow at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses on mapmaking, the nonprofit sector, and qualitative research methods. In addition to her graduate work, Elyse facilitates critical conversations and dialogues around whiteness, identity, and urban change. And, to engage a totally different part of her brain, Elyse also works as a part-time wedding and event coordinator, and specializes in DIY and queer weddings throughout Washington state!
Elyse has been excited about Crosscut since her good friend, Berit Anderson, served as the managing editor, and turned her on to the thorough and insightful PNW reporting. Originally from New York, and with a solid Midwest stint under her belt, Elyse now calls Seattle home, and appreciates being connected and informed about local issues and events. Elyse is excited to be on CYPB to center issues of equity and racial justice, to bring more queer voices to the Crosscut community, and to expand in-person events for dialogue and creative expression.