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Elizabeth J. Reynoso Joins Interise as Director of Research, Evaluation & Impact

Elizabeth J. Reynoso

Elizabeth J. Reynoso, a passionate and dedicated leader with decades of experience in creating systemic solutions to address racial wealth disparities, joined Interise, a national economic development nonprofit, this month as the new Director of Research, Evaluation & Impact.

“This is the next step in our plan to scale Interise’s research and further develop our programmatic development and policy work. Now that Elizabeth has joined the team, we are well-equipped to use advanced research methodologies to understand and study cities, regions, and businesses. With her experience and insights, we can also collect and analyze data to demonstrate the impact of procurement reforms in communities of color,” said Darrell Byers, CEO of Interise. “I look forward to working with her and taking Interise to the next level.”

As the Director of Research, Evaluation & Impact, Elizabeth will implement and oversee Interise’s research agenda and develop key new programming across the ecosystem. She will build campaigns based on data and research to advocate for small businesses, including providing input on local, state, and federal policy and their impact on businesses owned by people of color.

“As a former partner, I am proud to join Interise because I saw the results of the executive education curriculum (StreetWise MBA) and their technical assistance in business ecosystems in cities around the country,” said Elizabeth J. Reynoso, new Director of Research, Evaluation & Impact at Interise. “Now I have the enviable opportunity to share insights and solutions from data and stories gathered over the organization’s 20-year history of building relationships with entrepreneur serving organizations, with the private and public sectors, and most significantly with established diverse businesses who are creating quality jobs and building wealth in their communities.”

Most recently at Living Cities, Elizabeth was responsible for managing the resources and results of a collaborative of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions as an Associate Director. She managed the City Accelerator and launched the Closing the Gaps Network and worked with over 30 cities in the development of public sector strategies, to close racial income and wealth gaps. With a background in social justice, economic development, and farming, Elizabeth is dedicated to influencing and leveraging the purchasing power of large-scale food buyers and entrepreneurship ecosystems to transform regional and national food systems.

This passion grew out of her role as the first Food Policy Director for the City of Newark, NJ under then-Mayor Cory Booker. During her tenure she developed policies and programs to increase food security for residents as when she created a citywide umbrella campaign that increased SNAP redemption and farmer revenue by 125%. She also established NJ’s largest urban farm on public land, at that time, which provided training and jobs for the formerly incarcerated.

With the addition of Reynoso, Interise will be expanding their scope of research and evaluation by conducting more applied research, focusing on programmatic applications as well as industry knowledge, and creating opportunities for system-level changes.