Elba completed her undergraduate studies as an agronomist engineer at Universidad ISA. She has worked in the Certification Department of the banana exporter Ekoban, and pursued her masters degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development at Ohio State University. Elba’s experience includes working as an assistant professor at Univesidad ISA where she taught research methodology and rural sociology.
Elba has worked at Banelino, an association of small farmers as well as Plantaciones del Norte, one of the largest exporters of the Dominican Republic.
In 2009 Elba successfully managed a banana and rice family farm for 4 years.