Elaissia Sears is an Arizona native and a proud product of Mesa Public Schools. She is an active member of her community, having served as a mentor to international students, the Youth & Education Assistant for Phoenix Sister Cities, and as staff at the Arizona House of Representatives. She is a global professional who has had the privilege of representing Arizona as a student ambassador through Congress to Germany, and was later selected for an internship with the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.
She graduated from Arizona State University, and has a B.A. in Global Studies, a minor in German, and certificates in Political Entrepreneurship, Women and Gender Studies, and International Relations. As a strong advocate for education, Elaissia taught English in rural communities in the Dominican Republic and South Korea, and now works as an assistant 4th grade teacher. She also is a social entrepreneur and non-profit founder who focuses on issues of food insecurity and lack of education funding. In the future, she aspires to work in youth incarceration.
Elaissia believes that leadership for a better Mesa includes empowering citizens with education, implementing restorative justice practices, cultivating new awareness of social and community issues, and providing a fresh outlook on how we can all be part of the solution in our justice courts.