Elizabeth Ü is executive director of Finance for Food, a nonprofit that educates food-system entrepreneurs in the United States about the full range of financing options available to support them. Elizabeth has extensive experience at the intersection of sustainable food systems and social finance-helping food-based business owners identify appropriate-and mission-aligned-financing opportunities based on their unique situations and values.
Elizabeth previously served as manager of strategic development at RSF Social Finance, helping launch a loan fund to support high-impact, sustainable food ventures. She has served on staff at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and spent two years as program officer of Slow Money, then a project of Investors' Circle. Elizabeth regularly speaks and gives workshops on the topics of impact investing, social finance, and sustainable food systems at conferences geared toward foundations, financiers, investors, philanthropists, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs.
A Food and Community Fellow of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Elizabeth holds a BS in geography from McGill University and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Elizabeth will lead a two-hour session on mission-aligned financing options for farmers at the 2014 Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference on Saturday, January 25. She will also offer individual consultation sessions for farmers throughout the weekend.
Elizabeth will be co-presenting a day-long intensive pre-conference workshop on "Financing Your Farm" at PASA's 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, to be held February 5-8 in State College, PA.
Elizabeth Ü at Financial Permaculture & Local Business Summit
, Miami FL
March 10, 2014, 12:00 pm
Elizabeth will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Financial Permaculture & Local Business Summit, to be held in Miami, FL March 10-14
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