Elyssa holds a B.A. and M.A from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Elyssa has been on DebateDrills' Management Team since July 2018.
As a competitor, Elyssa qualified to the TOC her junior and senior years. As a senior, she advanced to elimination rounds of every tournament she attended, in addition to competing at numerous round robins including Greenhill, University of Pennsylvania, and Hockaday. She also successfully competed in traditional debate styles, finishing 5th at the CFL Nationals in 2016.