Before OCCORD, Ely was the California Director of Civic Engagement for NALEO Educational Fund. Through his career, he has led youth and community development programs in local, state, and international settings, including renewable energy and political campaigns. He provides the resources, support, and partnerships necessary to bring about the change our communities want to see in the world, while providing support to his amazing & passionate staff . He is passionate about his faith in Christ, his children and family, and his personal growth through exercise and healthy eating. You can probably catch Ely running or doing any outdoor activities. "Working with amazing and passionate staff inspires me to do all that I can as the Executive Director to ensure that we have the resources, support, and partnerships necessary to bring about the change we and our communities want to see in the world. The tenacity and resilience of our community leaders keeps me going."