Elena Chernock


Information gumshoe. Creative sponge. Pattern hunter. Seeker of nuance. Extroverted introvert. Ancestral Storyteller.

Elena Chernock(she/her) comes to Third Plateau as a Researcher and part of the Jewish Community Impact team. She joins the firm with over a decade of experience supporting organizations that promote arts education, community building, civic engagement, and social justice. She is passionate about utilizing creative, participatory processes to inform change and is committed to taking a community-centered approach to research and evaluation.

Prior to joining Third Plateau, Elena worked as a nonprofit evaluation consultant. She supported organizational growth through data driven decision-making, while advocating for continuous quality improvement and the amplification of stakeholder voices. She has also served as a Program Director and Teaching Artist for educational nonprofits across four different countries. In these previous roles, Elena fostered community-wide collaborations, designed innovative programming, and deepened her understanding of the systemic challenges many organizations face.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elena earned a BA in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College. She then lived and worked in Los Angeles, Italy, and Central America before settling in Seattle, Washington where she completed an MFA in Arts Leadership and gained a whole new appreciation for rainy days.

Outside of work, Elena is a consumer of interdisciplinary information with a thirst for intellectual debate. She enjoys participating in Jewish communal life, frolicking the Pacific Northwest with her partner and pup, working on various art projects, and night-time snacking.