She currently serves as the Sr. Intelligence Specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and is an Adjunct Faculty member at Georgetown University, Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence program, as well as, a Thesis Reader at the National Intelligence University (NIU).
Elena previously served as a senior analyst and subject matter expert covering a variety of high level national security issues at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of State (DoS), and the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as, the Consulate General of Israel and the Consulate General of Ukraine. She is a subject matter expert on intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, terrorism, cyber, leadership, political, security, military, religious, and economic issues in the Middle East, Africa, East Europe, Asia, and Europe, as well as, media, behavioral and organizational psychology, strategy, public relations, marketing, and communication.
Elena speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and some Hebrew.
Enthusiastically considering herself a lifelong learner and mentor, Elena is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Strategic Communication from George Mason University, and an M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. She had previously completed several Ph.D. courses in International Relations and American Government from Georgetown University, Department of Government.
Prior to her current studies, Elena completed an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business with a focus in communication, strategy and management. She had also received an M.A. in Politics with a focus in International Relations and American Government from New York University (NYU) in 2009.
Additionally, Elena holds a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis from the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, which is the Directorate of Analysis's component of CIA University, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Marketing Management from Georgetown University, and a Graduate Certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies from the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute.
Elena had pursued her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and UCLA where she graduated with honors and earned a B.A. in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.