Elizabeth comes to Athena from her native Rhode Island, where in addition to pursuing her education, she was able to nurture her passion for public service. Following her father’s maxim that she “be the change you wish to see in the world,” Elizabeth began volunteering in community organizations as a teenager and has also volunteered in Kenya, her father’s birthplace. Her early dedication to non-profits in both the U.S. and Africa laid the foundation for future internships and employment with Rhode Island for Community and Justice and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. Moved by the scale of need she witnessed in Kenya, Elizabeth organized a charitable relief effort, funded in part by a grant proposal she wrote and won from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, providing school supplies and clothing to an orphanage for HIV-positive children.
Elizabeth began her college studies at the University of Hartford before transferring to the University of Rhode Island, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Hailing from the ocean state, she loves a summer beach, and also enjoys running, practicing yoga, and trying out new foods as she explores her new home in Philadelphia.