Elizabeth, or Liz, fondly remembers her high school art teacher, Mr. Miller, who encouraged a sense of play and exploration in the classroom. In Mr. Miller’s art class, students were encouraged to challenge their ideas about the “right” way to do things, and celebrated for their own unique perspectives. His classroom environment was one in which students could feel comfortable with themselves, which in turn nurtured connections with others.
As Communications Officer, Liz leads The NEA Foundation’s editorial strategy.
Before joining The NEA Foundation, Liz held communications roles in education nonprofits whose work ranged from the local level to international. She holds a BA in English from the University of California Irvine and an MSc in International Development with a focus on poverty and inequality from the University of Birmingham, UK. During her graduate research on the links between education and poverty, she became fascinated with the community schools strategy as a way of addressing the broader needs of underserved communities. Her passion for education as a means of serving the needs of not only students but communities at large led her to The NEA Foundation, where she is thrilled to be working toward a vision for a more equitable future.
In her free time, Liz is a painter, a hiker, and a dog lover.