At Elysian, we champion the dreams of our members and provide business support services to the neurodiverse community. By aiding exceptional people from all over the world, and doing so in tangible ways, Elysian Trust helps others realize their potential and channel their abilities in ways that can benefit humankind.
Nathan “Nth” Bar-Fields – Founder and CVO
As the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of Elysian Trust, my own journey reflects our mission: recognizing, nurturing, and championing unique cognitive abilities.
Diagnosed with dyslexia early on, I faced educational struggles until a 10th-grade teacher helped devise a personalized educational plan. This transformative experience led me from underachievement to a career as a nuclear engineering technologist in the Navy, acceptance into esteemed institutions like UC Berkeley and MIT, as well as becoming a data analyst and program evaluator, using my dyslexia as a strength in lateral thinking.
After serving as Elysian’s Grants Team Lead Officer, I stepped into my current role as CVO and Director of Support Services for Business Incubators. Here, I champion individuals with atypical minds, creating avenues for them to realize their potential and transform perceived weaknesses into formidable strengths.
Elysian’s mission is to support the neurodiverse community and the organizations that back them. We aim to foster extraordinary adults with unique cognitive abilities, irrespective of their backgrounds. At Elysian, we turn problems into opportunities, showcasing humanity’s greatest resource: ourselves.
I feel privileged to spearhead an organization that identifies and uplifts talents often mistaken for weaknesses or overlooked due to societal biases. Elysian Trust, in essence, is the fostering incubator for this vision, championing the unseen and paving the way for a world that truly recognizes and celebrates neurodiversity.
Maria Holt – Operations
I spent nearly 20 years in real estate finance, starting with Affordable Housing. Helping many people to accomplish their goal of home ownership, who might otherwise have remained excluded from this financial benefit, gave me the desire to serve the needs of marginalized communities in other areas. After a break to care for several terminally ill relatives, I returned to work, where I divide my time between supporting Elysian as the organization rises to meet the needs of many deserving clients and a non-profit “We Help the Unhoused” recently started with a partner, who is an advocate and spokesperson for the Unhoused in Los Angeles and across the United States.
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