Planning Commission Welcomes New Communications Coordinator

We are very pleased to announce Elle Steinman has joined our staff as the new Communications Coordinator. Elle graduated from West Chester University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing and Linguistics. Elle brings to the Planning Commission four years of experience working with local government, community affairs, and public communications. She is well-versed in a wide range of social media platforms and has been a contributing author to local publications. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I always wanted to be a cashier – mainly because I liked the way the buttons sounded on the cash register when I was a little girl.

What was your first job? My first job was at a garden center. I started working there when I was 14, and I worked there every summer until I graduated college. I got to learn a lot about the different varieties of plants, plus fulfill my childhood dream of being a cashier!

What did you study in college? I was an English Writing major at West Chester University, with a minor in Linguistics.

How did you arrive at the Chester County Planning Commission? I worked for the West Chester Business Improvement District doing marketing/social media for four years after I graduated college. I was able to meet so many great people and learn so much, that when I heard of the position at the Chester County Planning Commission I was excited to be able to broaden my knowledge and get involved with the entire County!

What three words best describe you? I’d like to think that I am conscientious, creative, and reliable.

What is something colleagues don’t know about you? I practiced Karate for 5 years when I was younger, where I earned my brown belt. I also received my black belt in self-defense.

What is your life philosophy? I’ve always been a big fan of the quote “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain” by Vivian Greene. I think it’s important to live life in the moment, and to try to go into every situation life throws at you with a positive mindset.

What is your favorite place in Chester County? I don’t think I could name ONE specific place in Chester County, because there’s so many great places! Since I’m not originally from here, I love exploring the parks and nature preserves, visiting the different towns, and checking out new areas and events all the time.

Where would we find you after hours? After hours you would most likely find me relaxing at home with my dog and cat, at a yoga class, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen!

What’s the last book you read? The last book I read was “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney. My friends recently started a book club and this was the first pick, so I enjoyed reading something new and then discussing it afterwards.

We look forward to working with Elle and applying her communications skills!