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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 Ü at Good Food, Great Business
      595 Market St, San Francisco CA 94105
      January 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Elizabeth Ü will join a panel of other women entrepeneurs for "Good Food, Great Business: How Food Startups Take Good Ideas from Concept to Success." Learn how these foodie forerunners put their ideas in motion, funded their ventures, kept going through the inevitable peaks and valleys of running a business – and how they continue to balance “good” with growth. This free member event organized by the Bay Gourmet Forum of the Commonwealth Club of California will take place at their office in San Francisco on January 12th at 12:00 PM. Following the panel, there will be a book signing at 1:00 PM.

    • Elizabeth Ü at the 35th Annual EcoFarm Conference
      Asilomar Conference Grounds , Pacific Grove CA 93950
      January 23, 2015, 1:30 pm

      Elizabeth will be co-presenting a workshop on crowdfunding for farmers at the Ecological Farming Association’s flagship event at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. Elizabeth's workshop will begin at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 23rd. For more information on registration for this event, click here: http://eco-farm.org/conference/rates-and-discounts.

    • 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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