About Elissa

Elissa Brown, Principal 

Background and Experience


Education-MA City and Regional Planning, U.C. Berkeley, 1991 -JD UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1983 -BA Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 1979 Training and Experience

• Grant Writing

• Project Development and Management

• Group Facilitation

• Community Planning • Mediation • Collaboration Building • Diversity Training in Community and Group Process Technical Background • Biological and Physical Sciences • Economic and Small Business Development • Community Building • Legal and Administrative Issues • Cultural Arts and Tourism

Elissa Brown received her law degree from Boalt Hall and practiced law in the Oakland area for six years. Returning to UC Berkeley, she received a Masters in City and Regional Planning and was awarded the College of Environmental Design Award for Professional Promise. She was then employed by the city of Oakland where she helped initiate a number of community and economic development efforts including the Oakland Hill Fire Recovery Center and the Empowerment Zone program.

Elissa Brown currently resides in Central California where her clients include the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Local Governments, Tribes, Resource Conservation Districts, and Community Organizations.