Member Spotlight Olivia Elder

Member Spotlight

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Olivia Elder

Associate, Families and Incarceration,

Hometown: Houston, TX

Favorite DC restaurant: Kaliwa

Fun Fact: I’m in the top 1% of lip readers!

About Olivia: I am a nonprofit professional, organizer, and dancer living in the wonderful H st. neighborhood of DC. I grew up between Houston and New Orleans and I moved to DC to attend The George Washington University. I studied International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Societies and Cultures, focused mainly on faith-based and minority communities, particularly on the role that faith has on social movements. Currently, I lead the Families and Incarceration program at, I’m a guest lecturer at Church of The Epiphany, and I take dance classes around the DMV in my spare time.

What are you most excited about as a 2020 Judy Schneider Fellow?
I’m most excited to join a high-powered community of women and learn from them about my field.

What brought you to Washington, D.C.?
I moved to DC in 2014 to attend The George Washington University. I’m always on the hunt for good barbecue or Tex-Mex but I’ve loved it so far!