Elsa Alvarado is a politically savvy strategist and communications expert whose clients span the breadth of Bryson Gillette’s public affairs portfolio. Elsa leverages her years of senior-level public affairs experience from the Pentagon, State Department, and campaign trail to position her clients for success. Her work includes helping national education nonprofits amplify their work across the media landscape; positioning tech reform coalitions to change digital privacy laws across the U.S.; and advising the CEO of a major national consumer advocacy organization on engaging high-priority audiences. Prior to joining Bryson Gillette, Elsa served in the Biden-Harris administration as director of strategic communications in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. In this role, she received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work in preparing the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for their congressional engagements. During her tenure, Elsa successfully advanced the office’s top priorities amidst a series of global crises, including the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In 2020, Elsa served on the vetting team of President Biden’s presidential campaign, primarily vetting for now-First Lady Jill Biden.

Elsa is a native New Yorker and now resides in Washington D.C. with her partner, Hunter, and their Australian Shepherd puppy, Smokey.