Elaina Verveer, Public Achievement Director, Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement

Elaina has extensive experience in the fields of youth leadership, program and curriculum development, and service learning. In addition to her work at CU Boulder, where she has taught service-learning courses since 2004, Elaina serves as a consultant for several community-based nonprofits, as well as oversees the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, which she co-founded with the City of Lafayette in 2006. Previously, Elaina served as the Director of Naropa University's Community Studies Center, where she also taught, Program Director and Curriculum Consultant for Colorado Campus Compact, and Program Director for Project YES, a Lafayette-based non-profit agency. Outside of Colorado, Elaina promoted national service programming at the Corporation for National & Community Service in Washington, DC, as well as served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in France, where she developed bilateral initiatives with French and American businesses, museums, and municipalities. Elaina holds her master's degree in Education and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Colorado Civic Leader of the Year by the Governor's Commission on Community Service. When not promoting youth leadership, Elaina enjoys politics, music, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their dog.