Elisa Stern

Elisa, who joined Tiller in 2012, brings to client engagements a wide range of writing and editorial experience.

She also brings to bear research and analytic experience from extensive graduate level coursework, most recently as a Ph.D. student at Yale University. Elisa has worked in both publishing and journalism, including at New York magazine. She also gained valuable exposure to the financial sector as an analyst in Merrill Lynch’s summer investment banking program. She holds an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

What keeps you busy besides Tiller?
Outside of Tiller I love spending time with family/friends and spending time outside — hiking, playing tennis, and cross-country skiing, depending on the season. Lately you can also find me volunteering with the city’s historical society and experimenting with photography.

What is it about Tiller that makes you proud to do what you do?
I share Tiller’s conviction that it is in a company’s best interest to leverage its core strengths in ways that benefit both its customers and the broader public good — and I’m proud to play a part in actualizing that conviction together with such a terrific group of co-workers.

What is your favorite book or quote?
It’s hard to pick just one, but Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety is a recent favorite.

Prior to Tiller, have you ever had a job that had a profound impact on you? How?
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, I took a semester off college to work with a disaster relief nonprofit in New Orleans — an experience that fueled my passion for humanitarian work and offered a sustained firsthand look at the distinctive challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector.

Where do you see the business environment going in the next five years?
I’m convinced that corporate attention to social responsibility is on the upswing, and I’m optimistic that this space will continue to become more robust, creative, and wide-reaching over the next five years.