As the Director of Research, Evaluation & Impact, Elizabeth works to implement and oversee Interise’s research agenda and develop key new programming across the ecosystem. Born in New York City and raised in northern New Jersey, Elizabeth began her career in international human rights with Human Rights Watch and lived abroad farming for several years before focusing domestically on criminal justice issues through her media and advocacy work. Her work evolved to addressing economic security and wealth building through equitable contracting and inclusive procurement. For years she has been focused on leveraging the purchasing power of organizations, companies, and institutions to transform regional and national food systems and serves on several national and local boards to achieve these goals. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College.
What do you care about?
If time is how one spends their love, then my career reflects my dedication to human rights, environmental stewardship, and telling the stories of the people transforming their communities and the places they inhabit locally, nationally, and internationally. When I am blessed with free time, I serve on volunteer boards to preserve sacred music in sacred spaces, farmland for underrepresented farmers, and to create a more equitable food system. Most recently, I have been promoting strategies to increase equitable contracting and inclusive procurement through local government because I believe that their purchasing power can transform the food system at the regional and national levels while creating community wealth through the businesses and organizations they buy from.
Interise has all the ingredients to create the conditions for CEOs from all sectors, particularly, historically disadvantaged business owners, to thrive in their ecosystems. Whether it is our executive education program, technical assistance provided to partners, or data and research, Interise has accumulated an enviable track record of relationships with leaders throughout the country and innumerable stories of impact. What’s exciting is that our work is evidence-based, replicable, and adaptable to community needs and priorities. I am eager to scale what we know works through a powerful research and policy agenda with our colleagues around the country.