Elise Cranston is the coordinator of federal policy and government relations for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Elise began her commitment to educational equity as a 7th grade English teacher at LEAD Academy Middle School in Nashville as a Teach for America Corps Member. Realizing the importance of a first year teacher connecting to the local community, she joined Teach for America staff to build the operations systems for the first ever Nashville Regional Pre-Service Training. In that role, she was able to create systems and learning experiences for incoming corps members that would deepen their understanding and connection to the Nashville community. Elise then integrated her educational background with her interest in public health when she moved to Liberia to work on post-Ebola rural health education. While in Liberia she contributed to the National Community Health Worker Policy and Training Program that will train 4,000 community health workers and deliver healthcare for 30% of the Liberian population. Elise earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from University of Alabama and a Master of Education from Lipscomb University.