Photo of Chriss shows a woman wearing a white top, black sunglasses, and a wide smile. Her red-hued microlocs are breezed across her forehead as she sits on a metal bench outdoors.

Chriss Effiong

Director of People & Operations


Chriss (she/her) joined ELP's team in November, 2023, bringing a passion for organizational culture work and systems that support people to thrive in purpose-driven environments. Chriss describes herself as a cinematic spirit hailing from Susquehannock lands (Harrisburg, PA), now navigating the waters of the Chespean Peoples and Nansemond lands (Hampton Roads, VA). Her journey unfolds at the intersection of creativity, community healthcare, and a captivating crossroads that fuels her curiosity.

Chriss shares, "In the working arena, my expertise lies in the intricate dance of human resources and values aligned processes (with a soft spot for aiding non-profit organizations). Thanks to the wonders of remote work, I've seamlessly woven my academic pursuits into the fabric of my professional life. But here's the quirk: I am often allergic to things I enjoy. Cats, cheese, and recently I've discovered an amusing allergy to squash needles, a revelation that sprouted after harvesting my first plants. Life's surprises, right?"

Believing in travel, gratitude and pilates, Chriss' holistic approach to life can be deep yet wide, all while dodging squash needles and cats along the way! We are grateful to have her layered knowledge, broad experience, and playful spirit on our team.