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 Homegrown Finance
, Medford OR
August 5, 2014, 6:00 pm
An evening event with a presentation on the range of financing options for food businesses by Elizabeth, plus a panel of food companies and people who have invested in them. Hosted by Thrive, OSU Extension, Slow Money Southern OR, and Sustainable Valley. Featuring local food! More information coming soon.
Elizabeth is honored to co-present this workshop (hosted by the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network) along with the esteemed, inspirational, and endlessly entertaining Eric Toensmeier and Rafter Sass Ferguson. If you are serious about building a viable business from your farm¬Ö all while improving your land and helping mitigate climate change, don¬ít miss this workshop! More information coming soon.
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.