Elena Bell serves as Program Coordinator for the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. The Center was created in 2015 to connect and support leaders from government, business, non-profits and philanthropy driving innovation and inclusion in America’s cities and metropolitan areas. Elena, who has been with the program since its launch, helps manage the Center’s operations, including spearheading logistics for convenings and events, supporting the Center’s communications and advancement efforts, and administering the Center’s budgets, contracts, and agreements. Elena holds a BA in American Culture Studies and Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Washington University in St. Louis. While in school, Elena authored a study examining the relationship between urban governance, concentrations of poverty, and disparities in education in two places she has called home, Houston, TX and St. Louis, MO. She now calls Washington, DC home.