Elly earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Columbia University. She is an advocate for student well-being and equity with 25 years of experience in higher education and is currently Vice President for Student Affairs at Georgetown University. Elly has presented and published on women in leadership, free speech, crisis management, and access to mental health care. Previously, she held leadership positions as Associate VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut andAssistant Vice President for Student Life and the Associate Dean of the College for Student Life and Alumni Affairs at the University of Chicago, where she was responsible for providing senior leadership and strategic planning for student life initiatives. Elly has also held administrative roles at Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Her academic interests include diversity and inclusion among underrepresented college students and mental health. Elly’s daughter Annie is a member of Walker’s Class of 2026.