Elaine Sutton is the Legal Support Coordinator for the ACLU of Missouri in which she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Legal Department's Intake Complaint Unit (ICU) which includes providing management, oversight, and supervision for its Internship program during both the academic and summer terms. The internship program is comprised of 2 undergraduate teams (in-house and remotely located) representing Washington University (Wash. U), Saint Louis University (SLU), Webster University, University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), and Harris Stowe State University (HSSU). In addition, Elaine recently assumed responsiblity for planning, implementing, and executing 2 new sections within the Legal Department's ICU; Continuing Education Section (EDU) and Digital & Multimedia Evidence Section (DME).
Previously, Elaine was Assistant Project Director/Training & Technical Assistance Director for Syracuse University’s ADA Center, where she was responsible for developing, providing, coordinating, and promoting training, technical assistance, and informational materials for a wide range of audiences on the Americans with Disabilities Act (and related federal legislation). Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, Elaine served as Program Manager/Volunteer Administrator with the Single Parent Alliance and Resource Center.
Elaine has also worked as an independent grant reviewer and consultant, providing services to numerous community groups on providing training and technical assistance to state and federal agencies, as well as community and faith–based organizations on building collaborative partnerships and networks to address the reintegration needs of the formerly incarcerated. One of Elaine’s areas of interest area is reuniting individuals and their families affected by incarceration.
Elaine graduated from the Executive Faculty Development Program of Morehouse School of Medicine's National Primary Care Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2008. The focus of her year-long study centered on the development of a public health curriculum titled, “Advancing the Development of Healthy Life-Course Outcomes for Single Parent Families.”
Elaine also has an online radio show, “Justice Beat: Let's Talk SMART!,” that focuses on criminal justice reform in the United States and runs a program called The SMART Project for youth between the ages of 12 nd 17 in which they are encouraged to "Dream Again" through a workshop titled Essential Life Skills for Managing Your Life Like a Project - www.mycovenantconnection.com.