Elsie was born in California and moved all around the country growing up, including Palo Alto, Boston, San Diego, and Houston. Subsequently, she traveled internationally as a model for several years before landing in New York.
Elsie has a BA in Political Science from Hunter College and is currently earning a Masters degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to devoting herself to advocacy full time, Elsie worked in politics, non-profits focused on reducing unemployment, and behavioral health care technology. She has been battling depression since the age of six.