Elaine first garnered critical acclaim with her autobiographical, one-woman stage play Brownsville Bred, which depicts her true Nuyorican (New York-Puerto Rican) coming-of-age in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. The New York Times raved, "From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph."
She subsequently adapted her stageplay into a novel; Her Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud was named a "Most Inspirational Young Adult" book by the International Latino Book Awards (2020).
Elaine is a recipient of the Warner Media 150 grant and is a Sundance Lab alumna.
She was the first person to license an interstitial series, Gran'pa Knows Best (2017), to the HBO network.
Her short films, Me 3.769 (2019) and Princess Cut (2020) can also be seen on HBO.
In 2020, Elaine's original drama pilot, The System, landed a development deal with CBS. Written by Elaine, in The System, a compassionate yet jaded social worker navigates the same broken New York City system she grew up in as she advocates to resolve issues for every family she encounters while struggling to fix her own. Elaine also serves as co-executive producer.
As the owner and operator of Del Valle Productions & Casting, Elaine has become the go-to person for up-and-coming diverse talent and rising stars for many high profile brands, agencies, and studios. She led the original casting on Arturo Castro's Alternatino (Comedy Central Digital) and Sonia Manazo's Alma's Way (PBS Kids, Fred Rogers Productions). Both series highlight the multicultural talent in New York City.
Elaine was featured in the PBS documentary Beating The Odds, alongside luminaries such as Michelle Obama. In 2019 Miami News Times named her on their "Filmmakers to Watch" list. Ebby Magazine calls her a "Tour de Force." Elaine is the recipient of the "Madrina" award (Prime Latino Media 2017) and the "Vanguard" award (Official Latino 2019). Both awards reflect her leadership in and support of the Latinx independent filmmaking community. more...