Elly earned a BA from the University of Chicago and an MEd and EdD from Columbia University. She is Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut with responsibility for health and wellbeing of UConn students. During her tenure at UConn, Elly has presented and published on women in leadership, free speech, crisis management, access to mental health care, resources for victims of sexual violence, and undocumented student access to affordable higher education. Previously, Elly was the Assistant 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 the Walker’s Class of 2026.