Born and raised in Costa Rica, Elena graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in health and societies. During college, upon learning about the challenges that the North Korean people face, her interest in the Korean peninsula turned into action. She moved to China to work as an education consultant, to learn the language and culture, and to have a better understanding of the harsh realities that many North Koreans face. Having gained significant insight from this experience, she was inspired to find more concrete ways to help North Korean refugees. She first joined LiNK as a UPenn Rescue Team member and now works with resettled North Korean refugees to discover their strengths and help them reach their full potential.