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Elizabeth Posner

Elizabeth Posner

Director
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Elizabeth has a decade of fundraising and project management experience and a passion for social justice. She loves helping organizations of all sizes secure the resources they need to effectively pursue their missions and create positive social change. Prior to joining the Elevate team, Elizabeth was the Director of Foundation Relations at Alliance for Justice, a national advocacy organization. She was responsible for planning and implementing the organization’s $3 million foundation fundraising program, including developing strategy to engage and grow the organization’s institutional funders. She also worked as the Assistant Director of Development for Foundation Relations at Hillel International, where she oversaw foundation relations for a $26 million international organization. She began her career in development through various internships at international organizations including the Centre for Development and Population Activities, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Council of the Americas/Americas Society.

Elizabeth holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BA cum laude in Anthropology from New York University. She is also a certified ESL teacher and spent two years teaching English in Mexico and Europe. She currently volunteers with the DC Books to Prisons project and is a Membership Campaign Volunteer for WAMU 88.5 public radio.

Outside of Elevate, Elizabeth enjoys long bike rides with her family, swimming, traveling, reading novels, and listening to lots of different podcasts.

What's your favorite thing to do in DC?

I love to swim, and so I can’t get enough of the free outdoor public pools in DC. I like to hop around to different neighborhoods but I especially love the Upshur and Banneker pools. 

What's your hidden talent?

I am great at historical reenactments. You can catch me playing a confederate spy in a Civil War documentary on the Smithsonian Channel.

What book could you read 50 times?

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. 

What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going for a bike ride through Rock Creek Park with my family and stopping for a picnic lunch.

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