33 years old, Elisa is an Ecuadorian biologist who has worked in conservation her entire adult life, most recently focusing on environmental activism around mining in Northern Ecuador. She and a group of friends created the organization OMASNE, which supports local communities all over northern Ecuador in fighting against the recent mining concessions. She also is a biologist studying butterflies, and took part in the National Geographic-funded Richer Than Gold expedition to Los Cedros. Behind José DeCoux, the director of Los Cedros, she is the backbone and force pushing to protect the Reserve, and has done extensive work to support the Awá community in their fight against recent mining concessions. Elisa is a powerhouse who is deeply dedicated to supporting communities in Northern Ecuador in fighting against mining.