Elisa is a fourth generation Reno Resident with deep connections in our community. She is a mom who has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and is passionately committed to protecting our quality of life. Elisa is a proud graduate of Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno; she grew up in Reno and is proud to call it her home. Elisa is currently the President & CEO of a leading women’s health and advocacy organization in Nevada. Her previous work has included major community projects like the Truckee Meadows Flood Project and Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.
Elisa is a strong believer in public service, voting in every election since she turned 18, and has been involved in politics at the state, local and federal level. She is the oldest grand-daughter of Barbara Vucanovich, first woman elected to a federal office in Nevada and the older daughter of Patty Cafferata, former Nevada State Treasurer and first woman elected to a state constitutional office in Nevada. Elisa grew up in Nevada government and knows how to get things done.
Elisa is a bipartisan, solution-oriented leader. During her years of public service, Elisa has learned how to reach across the aisle and work with both parties to find solutions for our community’s major challenges.
She is an unrepentant night owl, proud geek, and with kids aged 14 to 25 thinks twittering and flickring are essential. She believes the most important hashtag she uses is #proudmum when she tweets about Kelley, Brendan, Morgan, and Kenton.