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Elena Crete is a Manager for the SDSN, where she manages special initiatives for the DDPP and other climate thematic programs of the SDSN. Elena also manages the Andean Network. Previously Elena worked as the Operations Manager for SDSN leading the finance and administrative work of the SDSN New York Office. Prior to that she worked in a similar operations capacity for the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD) at Columbia University. Other experience included two years as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Connect To Learn, a secondary education initiative created in partnership with the Earth Institute, Ericsson and Millennium Promise. During that time, Elena ran a scholarship program for 732 high schools girls across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa within the Millennium Villages Project, working closely with colleagues from Ericsson to install computers and broadband connectivity in the rural schools where the scholarships students were enrolled. Prior to Connect To Learn, Elena worked at Millennium Promise supporting their business development efforts in Africa and writing foundation and government grant proposals. Prior to these professional experiences, Elena completed a Masters Degree in Climatology with a focus on sustainable development from Columbia University and earned an Earth Science Bachelors Degree from the University of New Hampshire.