Elizabeth’s favorite teacher was her 7th grade English teacher, Ms. McCutcheon, one of those special teachers who truly delights in the company of middle school students. Elizabeth still remembers the assignment on irony and Ms. McCutcheon’s comments that made her feel seen as both intelligent and funny. She also remembers picnicking in the local park with Ms. McCutcheon and fellow students outside of class, yet another way her teacher built individual relationships and created a fun, safe environment for learning.
Elizabeth serves as the Foundation’s Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives, responsible for the design, development and execution of the Foundation’s strategic investments. Overseeing the Foundation’s program work, she also plays a key role in catalyzing collaborations and partnerships that advance equity, excellence and opportunity.
Elizabeth joined the Foundation after approximately 15 years with the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington-DC-based national policy and advocacy nonprofit committed to improving the educational outcomes and lives of secondary students, particularly those who have been historically underserved. Elizabeth held multiple leadership positions at All4Ed, most recently as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. There she developed the organization’s state policy and advocacy work and built robust partnerships with national membership associations, civil rights organizations and advocacy groups as well as state-based education advocacy organizations. Working with those partners, she led successful, equity-focused initiatives on high school graduation, adolescent literacy, college-and career-ready standards and personalized learning.
Elizabeth previously served for ten years as executive director of the Southern Governors’ Association, a bipartisan association of 19 governors working together to advance a strong regional policy agenda at the federal level, create innovative solutions to regional challenges and serve as a form for nonpartisan discussion, action and leadership. During her tenure, working with state and national policy experts, the organization designed and executed strategic initiatives on a range of issues from emergency management, telemedicine and transportation to the environment and rural education.
Elizabeth began her career on Capitol Hill, working as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. She is a former board member of the National Guard Youth Challenge program.
She received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Birmingham-Southern College.
Elizabeth loves spending time with his family and friends, entertaining, and enjoying the great outdoors.