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Elizabeth

Elizabeth 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's Upcoming Events

    • Elizabeth U at Food Craft Institute
      Food Craft Institute, Oakland CA
      February 22, 2015, 10:00 am

      SUN, FEB 22, 2015 Business Plan Workshop + Financing and Funding your Food Start-Up 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Instructors: Wendy Weiden; Elizabeth Ü of Finance for Food

    • Elizabeth Ü at Regards to Rural Conference
      The Riverhouse Hotel, 075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend OR 97701
      June 26, 2015, 12:00 pm

      In partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Oregon State University Rural Studies Program and Extension Service, Sustainable Northwest, and The Ford Family Foundation, the Regards to Rural 2015 conference is a gathering to inform and inspire all that is rural! Renew your energy, share practices, and spark innovative ideas for strengthening the economic vitality and social vibrancy of rural communities. Elizabeth will be delivering a keynote address and a more intimate workshop at this event.

    Elizabeth's Books

    Raising Dough

    The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business

    More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems -- and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining, or growing their ventures. Raising Dough is an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.

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