Elizabeth Cisar is a Co-Director of the Environment Program at the Joyce Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s grant making on drinking water and Great Lakes issues. The goal of the Foundation’s water portfolio is to ensure all people in the Great Lakes region have clean water from lake to tap by supporting policy to address threats, improve infrastructure, and remedy water disparities in communities of color.
From May 2021 through October 2022, during a leave of absence from Joyce, Elizabeth served as Senior Policy Advisor to Radhika Fox, Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role, she provided advice on policy and strategy and supported the implementation of Administration priorities in rulemakings, new policy development, and litigation matters.
Before joining Joyce in 2015, 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. In those roles, Elizabeth worked with landowners to protect land for hunting, fishing, parks, and recreation and developed voluntary programs to protect clean water. 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. Elizabeth holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.
Opinion: Lake Erie is a test for Northeast Ohio and its neighbors; we can ace it
Op-ed by the Foundation's Environment Co-director Elizabeth Cisar, Stephen Love of the Cleveland Foundation, and John Mitterholzer of the George Gund Foundation.
Crain's Cleveland Business
The Joyce Foundation received the 2022 CGLR Great Lakes Changemaker Award
The Joyce Foundation received the 2022 Great Lakes Changemaker Award from the Council of the Great Lakes Region.