Elisa Ruffino is the Producer and Senior Associate Director of the Designmatters Department at Art Center College of Design. In this capacity, Elisa oversees the Department’s sanctioned projects and initiatives—including trademark “real world” collaborations with United Nations agencies, international aid organizations, non-profit businesses and corporate entities; and is an active liaison between Art Center faculty, students and Designmatters partners. A chief area of her interest is working with Art Center’s Film department and alumni to produce award-winning public awareness campaigns and documentaries that address critical humanitarian issues. Before joining Art Center, Elisa was a longtime member of the artist development team at Warner Bros. Records, and a professional landscape designer. Following her studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she earned the title of Master Gardener from the University of California, Los Angeles. An avid music and plant lover, Elisa spends her favorite Sundays gardening to vintage records played at high volume.