Elissa Green Kaustinen
Director, Families, Agencies, and Schools Together@ CHOC
Elissa Green Kaustinen is the Director of Families and Students Together Director @ The Thompson Autism Center @ CHOC. Prior to joining the Thompson Policy Institute at Chapman University Elissa worked within the public school system for 17 years, which included 7 years as a school psychologist and 10 years as an administrator within special education. Most recently Elissa served the community of Newport Mesa Unified School district in the role of Special Education Coordinator. As a Special Education Coordinator Elissa has experience in many areas including special education assessments, inclusive practices, developing Individual Education Plans, counseling, developing and implementing behavioral programs, autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Throughout Elissa’s career she has promoted a culture of inclusivity and advocated to support all students.