Elisa Mandell Keller serves as member of the Board of Directors at Global Health Labs (GH Labs). Currently, she is the principal of EMK Strategic Consulting, a firm that provides strategic guidance and analysis to for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Previously, Elisa worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as Director and Chief of Staff to the Foundation’s Chief Strategy Officer and President of Global Policy & Advocacy. She also served as Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Management for the Agricultural Development team and as was Chief of Staff to the president of the Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program.

Before she joined the Foundation, Elisa was a consultant with PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), helping create a social equity fund to invest in health technologies relevant to the developing world. She has also worked as a high school teacher in the rural village of Oshikuku, Namibia, as well as for New York City Schools’ Chancellor Joel Klein. Elisa began her career at McKinsey & Company in Seattle, working on healthcare and biotechnology, retail, and U.S. and international education.

Elisa holds a B.S. in Education and Social Policy with a focus on organizational development from Northwestern University.