Élan received her MA in 2012 from Cornell University, where she learned how much she hated the cold. Upon graduation, she accepted a job offer from New Orleans because it was the farthest south. Freed from shoveling snow and scraping ice from her car, Élan discovered new passions such as wine, crawfish, and the belief that today's technology can be used to inspire creative thinking in young learners, empowering them to be leaders that make the technology of the future. In 2015, Élan and other community members founded South Coast Code, a New Orleans-based non-profit dedicated to promoting racial and gender equality through computer science education. Their flagship program, NOLA_CODE, brings CS classes to schools and community centers. NOLA_CODE programs can be found in over a dozen unique locations throughout the Greater New Orleans metro area. Élan currently serves as the organization's Get It Done in Chief.