Elise Stefanik is a small businesswoman who works in North Country sales, marketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc., her family’s company that was founded in Upstate New York over twenty years ago.

Growing up in a small business family, Elise learned, lived, and understands the values of hard work, perseverance, difficulties, and risk that go along with building, operating, and growing an Upstate small business that provides jobs in today’s challenging economy. With over one thousand customers, Premium Plywood Products is one of the largest wholesale distributors of hardwood plywoods and specialty wood products in Upstate New York. Premium Plywood Products’ materials are in Upstate New York homes, schools, businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, community centers, military bases and more.

Prior to returning home to New York to work at her family’s company, Elise held a variety public policy positions in Washington, DC.

Elise most recently served as Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan where she oversaw all debate preparations for the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. She served as Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative, which launched Defending Defense, a coalition of think tanks warning of the dangers of the sequester. Prior to her think tank work, she served as the Policy Director for Governor Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign.

From 2006 – 2009, Elise served in the West Wing of the White House as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office where she assisted in overseeing the policy development process on all economic and domestic policy issues.

As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college, Elise graduated with Honors from Harvard University where she was only one of three women honored with the Women’s Leadership Award. She served on the Student Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the largest political undergraduate organization.

Elise was born and raised in Upstate New York and has worked on numerous campaigns at the State, Congressional, Senate and Presidential level – including in New York State dating back to her days volunteering for the Republican State Committee while in high school. She lives in Willsboro, NY.