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Elizabeth Lerum

As Associate of Engagement, Elizabeth manages a portfolio of individual and foundation partners and assists The Fund in engaging and building long-term relationships with new community partners.

Prior to joining the Fund, Elizabeth completed the MA Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, where she honed her skills in qualitative research, data collection and analysis. Elizabeth got her start in education and student advocacy while serving as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago. In this role, Elizabeth supported a 9th grade English class at Carl Schurz High School where she served as a near-peer mentor, conducted individual and small-group tutoring and coordinated her team’s social-emotional learning program. Additionally, Elizabeth has dedicated her time to volunteering as a medical advocate and crisis counselor for a women’s crisis intervention organization in Chicago.

Elizabeth earned a BA in Anthropology and Sociology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from Knox College. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

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