Elan Robinson grew up in Mendocino, a small town on the north coast of California. They graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Asian Studies. In 2010, they moved to Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan to serve as a Coordinator of International Relations for the Tsubata Board of Education with the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program. During their three years in Tsubata, they overcame their fear of public speaking and gained experience in event planning, education, volunteer management and public service. After returning to the United States, they worked for the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle for more than three years as coordinator for the JET Program, serving Washington, northern Idaho and Montana. They are a volunteer with Lambert House, an LGBTQ youth community center in Seattle, and serve on the board for Seattle Nonbinary Collective. They bring to Pride Foundation a passion for event planning and for creating spaces for LGBTQIA+ community to grow and flourish. They enjoy drawing comics, learning about native plants, birding, cooking, and watching terrible movies. They live in Seattle with their nonbinary partner and their two stepcats.

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