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Elizabeth Cisar


As Senior Program Officer for the Environment Program, Elizabeth manages the foundation’s Great Lakes and drinking water portfolio. She is the co-chair of the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration and serves as a liaison for the Environmental Health Matters Initiative of the National Academy of Sciences.

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. 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 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.

Elizabeth lives in Chicago and enjoys craft beer, hiking, and biking.

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