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We all have something to give. We all have something to learn.

Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I’m a native New Yorker who is passionate about making a positive impact in our world through service and partnership.

My Story

As a young professional with big dreams, I quickly discovered how difficult it was to balance working full time with making the impact I wanted to have in my community.  I made my professional ambitions align with my personal ones and began building connections with fellow professionals interested in making our world better.

I believe we all have unique strengths and networks that are needed. The challenge is determining how to best use them to make the impact we wish to have.

Whether it’s finding the right volunteer opportunity, the right partner organization or determining the most effective way to make an impact on a specific social issue, let’s tackle it together.

My Values & Beliefs

Good intentions do not always lead to good outcomes

Having good intentions is a great start. Knowing how to put those intentions to work in the most effective way possible is key toward making an impact.

We each have our own special strengths

There is more than one way to tackle a problem and we each have to determine the best, most effective approach based on our strengths, resources, and capabilities.

We have the solutions; we just need people working on them to find each other

The power of service, partnership, and connectivity is what will make us part of the solution.

Features

New York Support for Puerto Rico, Fox 5

Atlantic Hurricane Season, Telemundo

NYC Hurricane Service Center, Univision

3 Things to Remember When You Want to Help After a Natural Disaster

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st and ends on November 30th. As last year showed us, this is not to be taken lightly. Here are three things to remember next time you want to help after a natural disaster.

Taking Action for Equity: Equal Pay Day Reflection

Reflections on Equal Pay Day and resources for taking action. There is countless research that shows why diversity, equity and inclusion makes companies better, but must we always need the business case to do what is right?

5 Easy and Meaningful Ways to Volunteer

Finding the right volunteer opportunity can sometimes take more time to find than you have to give. Here are five effective and meaningful ways to volunteer, with my personal recommendations included. Consider giving your time or expertise. You might gain something along the way.

Becoming a Homeowner in New York City

I accomplished one of my biggest goals in 2017: I bought my first home in New York City. Check out why homeownership is particularly important to me and if this is one of your goals for 2018, I hope sharing what I learned through the process can be helpful for you.

New Year’s Wish

On New Year’s Eve, I received a special anonymous wish for the new year. I found this message on my work mobile phone and am not sure who sent it. It reminds me that we can all make a difference, no matter how small.

NYC Support for Puerto Rico: Q&A with Lilah Mejia

Lilah Mejia shares what she’s been doing to support Puerto Ricans in New York City, volunteer opportunities and who she has been following to stay informed.

Puerto Rico se Levanta: 5 Ways to Help

Puerto Rican led initiatives to support Puerto Rico. Act and share!

Post Maria Puerto Rico

I spent two weeks deployed in Puerto Rico after La Isla del Encanto was impacted by Hurricane Maria. Read about my experience and ways you can take action.

A colleague of mine first put me in touch with Elizabeth in order to design a thematic unit related to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria for my 9th-grade Spanish class.  I was interested in creating a unit that would connect my students to real-world issues outside of the language classroom, fostering meaningful language skills and encouraging students’ sense of empathy and activism.  Elizabeth surpassed my expectations as a co-collaborator and educator.  Elizabeth not only facilitated contact with schools and professionals in Puerto Rico but proved an effective educator, as well.  She developed age-appropriate bi-lingual materials for the workshop she taught at Fieldston and her presentations were compelling and informative.  I highly recommend Elizabeth as an important educational resource for any school system at any level.

Alicé Montera

Spanish Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Elizabeth served as keynote speaker for Dalton’s Middle School Service Day. I was looking for someone who could connect current events with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Elizabeth did an exceptional job with this task. She imparted her knowledge and experiences in a straightforward way, focusing on resources for young people to make an impact. Elizabeth was easy to work with and did a phenomenal job creating and tailoring her presentation for the middle school audience. Elizabeth is a skilled public speaker and effective presenter. I would highly recommend Elizabeth as a  for any educator looking to incorporate service learning in their curriculum.

Natalie Sanchez

Service Learning Coordinator, The Dalton School

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