Elle Teshima

Elle Gray Teshima joined Vera’s communications team in May 2020. Elle earned her BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice and MS in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University, where she was a member of Act on Racism, an anti-racist advocacy and education group dedicated to empowering students and community members to approach and address racism in their everyday lives. Elle is also a PhD candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her justice system research centers race/ethnicity and gender, with an emphasis on correctional reform, community reentry, and navigating the collateral consequences of felony convictions.

Before coming to Vera, Elle worked in higher education and ran her own business providing content strategy and editorial support to writers in business, nonprofit, and scholarly spaces.