Elaine Hyman has been a Durham resident for more than 40 years, arriving in the sixties to attend college and start a career. A native of Newport News, Virginia, Elaine was employed with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Durham County Government, retiring from the Durham County Government Human Resources Director position in 2012. Elaine was also a Candidate for County Commissioner in the 2012 primary and finished with respectable numbers.

Currently, Elaine spearheads a project for her community (Emorywood Orchards) to obtain resolution to long-standing infrastructure issues realized when the developer went bankrupt , leaving the planned community incomplete. Faced with unfinished roads, overgrown lots and no storm water drainage ponds, Elaine is currently working with her community and City public works officials to obtain a new developer willing to finish the job. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Emorywood Orchards Homeowners Association, Elaine has served as Chair of the Architectural Review Committee for the past four years. In 2014, Elaine was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to a three year appointment on the Durham Planning Commission where she currently serves as Vice-Chair.

Previous community service includes, the John Avery Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Board President, Board Vice President, Human Resources Committee Chair; United Way, Women's Leadership Council; American Red Cross Recruitment Committee and the United Negro College Fund Steering Committee.

Elaine is a member of the NC Democratic Party, a member of Durham Democratic Women and serves as secretary for her precinct.

In 2015, Elaine graduated from the City/County Neighborhood College. In 2011, Elaine graduated from the Institute of Political Leadership Women in Office Program. Additionally, Elaine is a 1998 graduate of the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute offered by the National Forum of Black Public Administrators where she studied public policy at sponsoring institutions that included the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. Elaine holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina Central University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies/Communications from Shaw University and a Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Durham College.

Elaine is a wife, mother and member of Community Baptist Church in Durham.