Elana Shneyer works from a starting point of dignity and respect for all human beings, and believes that we make progress toward improving the world by practicing our values in all that we do. She currently works as an independent consultant focused on facilitation, advocacy, organizational growth, strategic planning, performance management enhancement and data literacy. Her consultancy work focuses on helping the government better serve the people it is supposed to represent and not for profit organizations to amplify their impact by partnering with the government. Select past clients include: NYC Department of Education Computer Science for All Initiative, NYC Parks Department, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Music on the Inside, Datapolitan & Civic Hall.
Prior to consulting, Elana served as the Chief of Staff to New York State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, where she focused on improving public education, criminal justice reform, and preserving affordable housing. Before that, Elana worked for more than 10 years as a community organizer in the affordable housing movement in NYC--most significantly at the Pratt Area Community Council (now known as IMPACCT Brooklyn), a community development corporation in Brooklyn. While at PACC, she was the chair of Real Rent Reform campaign, a statewide coalition which successfully strengthened New York State’s rent laws for the first time in decades.
Elana served over a decade on the Board of Directors of her Jewish community, Romemu and was past participant in the Wexner Heritage Program. She currently chairs the Goldens Bridge Day Camp committee and volunteers on the Lewisboro Town Board Pride subcommittee. She holds a BA in cultural anthropology from Reed College and is a proud graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She lives in Goldens Bridge, NY with her husband, son and daughters.
Dignity of all people-All People are Made in the Divine Image- b'Tzelem Elokim בצלם אלקים
Climb & Lift, Hold doors open and invite folks in
Healing & Restorative Justice
Leave places a little better than you found them
Step Up & Step Back
Speak truth to power
Data driven management, organizational change & transformation
Research to inform public policy, data analysis, logic models, human centered design, workshops
Campaign Management, Lobbying, Civics Trainings
NYC Hack League
Project with NYC Department of Education Computer Science for All Initiative and BetaNYC- Designed and implemented friendly competition for thousands of public school students teaching them computational thinking, civics, design thinking, UX/UI and measurement and evaluation. Program targeted and successfully engaged students of color and women, traditionally underrepresented in the field of computer science.
Agency-wide Data Analytics Program
NYC Parks Department and Datapolitan- Developed and delivered curriculum to support agency-wide data analytics program aimed at leveraging data as an operational and strategic asset. Co-facilitator and Project Manager on the engagement. Engaged senior management in organizational change model. Developed and delivered 4 courses to a large portion of the agency. Assessments showed large gains in knowledge and changed behaviour.
I teach folk dancing to kids during the summer
I was on the New York State Champion Future Problem Solving Team in middle school
I produced a film about the summer camp I attended growing up
I made a short parody music video about overuse of medication in mental health treatment