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Building the Healthiest Community in the World


Elizabeth is a Senior Program Officer at St. David’s Foundation and focuses on women’s health, dental health, insurance enrollment, and other healthy living initiatives. She previously spent 11 years with the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) where she built their disparities and equity portfolio, laying the groundwork for the subsequent adoption of health equity as the foundation’s central focus. She started her career working with the Public Health Prevention Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She completed a rotation with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, helping states fulfill traumatic brain injury registry functions. She got her first taste of philanthropy on rotation with the CDC Foundation where she facilitated public-private partnerships in mobile mammography and emergency preparedness. On field assignment at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, she was instrumental in starting up the state’s Office of Health Equity. She also served temporary assignments with the CDC Global AIDS Program in Rwanda.

Elizabeth graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College and earned her master’s degree from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Elizabeth serves on the board of the national Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum and is a fellow of Grantmakers in Health’s Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. As a relatively new SDF team member and Central Texan, Elizabeth’s reflections of SDF’s vision to help make Central Texas the healthiest community in the world may be found here.