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Elizabeth Cisar


As Senior Program Officer for the Environment Program, Elizabeth manages the foundation’s Great Lakes portfolio. She focuses on strengthening nonprofit networks and new strategy development within those networks. Before joining Joyce, Elizabeth was Environment Program Director at the Crown Family Philanthropies, Director of Land Conservation Programs at Grand Victoria Foundation, and the Director of the Great Lakes Office of The Conservation Fund. Elizabeth is an active member of the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration.

An attorney, Elizabeth also has practiced law in the nonprofit and commercial sectors. She clerked for Judge William J. Bauer on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and holds a law degree from Northwestern University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.

She’s an avid reader of the scientific reports and analyses that inform Great Lakes policy. Elizabeth lives in Chicago and enjoys craft beer and hiking and biking with her daughter.

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