BiographyElsa Goss Black has a journalism degree from Temple University and a law degree from the University of Kentucky. A native of Philadelphia, she began her career as a copy reader, editorial writer and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Lexington, Kentucky with her late husband, Creed Black. She practiced First Amendment law at Stoll, Keenon and Park (now Stoll Keenon Ogden) in Lexington. She then became a Trust and Estates specialist at the law firm of Brouse and McDowell (now BrouseMcDowell) after her husband become president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which was then located in Akron, Ohio.
Black and her husband moved to Miami in 1990 when Knight Foundation moved its headquarters there. Before becoming a stay-at-home mother, she worked as a trust specialist and new business officer at both SunTrust and Northern Trust banks.
Since then, she has done extensive volunteer work, including time spent on the boards of the Viscaya Foundation, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Informed Families, the Children's Bereavement Center and the Women's Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. After the birth of her daughter, she focused on the schools her daughter attended, serving as School Board Chair at Temple Beth Am Day School and on several committees at Ransom Everglades School.
More recently, she worked as a marketing Vice President for Informed Families and as a freelance editor at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She currently serves on the board of CodeArt as secretary.