Elizabeth brings 20 years of progressive non-profit leadership experience as well as a strong commitment to youth development and underserved communities. She was most recently the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Seattle (CIS of Seattle). Prior to leading CIS of Seattle, Elizabeth served as the inaugural Director of Youth & Family Empowerment with a Pierce County, WA-based workforce development organization. She also served as inaugural Greater Seattle Executive Director of an award-winning national STEM nonprofit focused on girls attending high-needs schools. Elizabeth completed her graduate studies at Clark Atlanta University, earning a Master of Social Work with a concentration in school social work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and supports youth arts programming as a member of the Urban ArtWorks Board of Directors.
“My lived experience as a student of color in Seattle Public Schools (Franklin, McClure, Whitworth) that went on to be a first-generation college graduate gives me a deep connection to the Communities In Schools mission. After previously serving as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Seattle, I am grateful to continue the meaningful work of CIS at the helm of Communities In Schools of Washington.”
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys trying new restaurants, looking for the best coffee shops, and appreciating public art with her husband, Reuben.