Lizzie is currently Program Director for Forests and Ecosystem Services at Ecotrust. Lizzie graduated with a Masters of Forestry and MBA from Yale in 2016, where she studied the nexus between finance and natural resource management. While at Yale, she worked at a boutique environmental consulting firm on incentive-based mechanisms to improve freshwater management in the American West and an ecosystem-services investment project in Tanzania. Lizzie also served as the treasurer for the Yale Chapter of the Society of American Foresters and enjoys spending time in Yale’s forests.
Prior to Yale, Lizzie worked as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, focusing on Indian Affairs issues. As part of the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement, she helped oversee the establishment of a $1.9 billion land consolidation program designed to purchase land from individual Indians to be held in trust for their tribe to provide greater tribal sovereignty over land locked for generations due to fractionization. Her work with the Native American community fostered an interest in strengthening communities through sustainable environmental policies.
Lizzie graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a BA in International Relations and a certificate in French and Francophone studies. She spent the next two years after graduation campaigning in New Mexico and her native state of Colorado.