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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 Atlanta Community Food Bank's Partner Meeting
      Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta GA
      November 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Elizabeth will be teaching an interactive workshop on creative financing opportunities for food entrepreneurs and the dozens of partners that work with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please contact the Atlanta Community Food Bank for more information.

    • Elizabeth U at The Farmers Guild
      The Farmers Guild, Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave. / Hwy 12, Sonoma County CA
      December 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Elizabeth U will teach a workshop at an Entrepreneurial Farm Business Intensive at The Farmers Guild on December 13 and 14. Cost: (includes 2 meals): Before Dec 1st: Sliding Scale: $30 - $50 After Dec 1: $50 flat rate

    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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