Elissa Strauss was one of the founding strategists for ChangeCommunictions. She has assisted clients on national and international social change campaigns.  A writer who has contributed to publications like The New York Times, Slate, Elle, Glamour and CNN, where she is currently a contributing writer, she is known for capturing the mood and desires of a new generation. In addition to writing, she is the former co-director of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City. For seven years, she oversaw all editorial decisions for LABA, which has emerged as one of the most innovative and dynamic Jewish cultural programs in the New York City.  Formerly a resident of New York City, Elissa now resides with her family in the  Bay area, Northern California.