Eli is a lifelong learner and educator. He is Co-Director of Back to Earth and a founding faculty member of W.I.L.D., where he guides wilderness rites of passage adventures for teens and young adults. He is trained through The Tracking Project in Corrales, New Mexico, a non-profit led by John Stokes devoted to peacemaking, nature awareness, and cross-cultural respect. He is a NOLS alumnus and a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Eli holds bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in comparative literature and international development studies from Brown University and is an “all but dissertation” Ph.D. candidate in the Geography Department at UC Berkeley. He has conducted research in Haiti, India, and the United States.
Eli is also a poet, songwriter, and spoken-word performer. He is a former Youth Speaks slam champion and a national youth slam team member. As a young person, he worked extensively in regional theater, including at Berkeley Repertory Theater, ACT, and The Magic Theater, as well as in film and television. Notable credits include The Iron Giant, Slums of Beverly Hills, and American Pie I and II.