Elba comes from a rural area in Mao Valverde Dominican Republic called La Yagua. She got her undergraduate degree as an agronomist engineer at Universidad ISA, a very well known agricultural university in the country. Across her career she has worked at different exporters in Mao Valverde: Ekoban-Savid and Plantaciones del Norte. In these various companies she worked in their certification departments.
She has a broad understanding of the reality of small farmers that she was exposed to while working at Banelino's internal control system department. Also while working at Banelino, she went to University Earth in Cota Rica to get her ISO 9001 course. Elba went to get her master’s degree in science at Ohio State University, where she got her degree specifically in Rural Sociology and Community Development.
After getting her degree at OSU, she spent a couple of years as an assistant professor at Universidad ISA. Some of the subjects she taught were professional reports writing, research methodology and rural development. Finally, Elba spent 4 years as a technical manager at her family's banana plantation. She feels that all her career experience contributes to her knowledge of organic farming and certification to perform her duties at QCS Caribe.