Liz is a senior program officer in the Individually Directed program of the Walton Family Foundation. She supports the philanthropic vision of a portfolio of Walton family members with projects that aim to support dynamic communities through the advancement of the arts, the conservation of greenspace and outdoor resources, and the development of new initiatives to support affordable housing, workforce development, and diversity and inclusion in Northwest Arkansas.
Prior to joining the foundation, Liz was a program associate in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she managed a portfolio of nearly 100 active grants with a special emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts. Before becoming a grantmaker, Liz was a fundraiser, serving as director of institutional giving at Roundabout Theatre Company, Florida Grand Opera and TheatreworksUSA, where she also served as Director of Development.
She received a Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical voice, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University where she studied arts management. More recently, she completed a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University. Liz is also an educator in arts management and philanthropy, serving as a guest speaker at schools across the country, and an adjunct lecturer at Wagner College and Marymount Manhattan College.