Elisa Collins is the director of Budget Planning and Forecasting at American Progress. Before joining American Progress, she was a small-business owner and worked for five years as an accountant providing services to local businesses in the Washington, D.C., region. Prior to that experience, she worked for SMM, SA and ABB Group in planning and budgeting as a project controller for large, multiyear industrial projects in the energy sector.

Elisa received her MBA from HEC Paris School of Management in 2009 and earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Porto in 2002.