Elizabeth Swanson

Vice President of Strategy and Programs, The Joyce Foundation




About Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth (Beth) Swanson is the Vice President of Strategy and Programs for The Joyce Foundation. In her new role, Beth helps guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across The Joyce Foundation’s six focus areas: education, employment, environment, democracy, gun violence prevention and culture. Her experience at the intersection of policy and practice, and her shared love of our community, are evident as she supports the work of The Joyce Foundation’s grantees.

Formerly as Deputy Chief of Staff for Education for the City of Chicago, Beth worked closely with the Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other leaders to define the city’s education policy agenda from birth through college. She has served as point person in expanding early learning opportunities, achieving a full school day, bringing quality school options to families, and launching the city’s Summer of Learning.

Previously, Beth served as Executive Director of The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, which invests in people and programs that enrich the life experiences of Chicago’s children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Beth led the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Management and Budget under CEO Arne Duncan and was responsible for the district’s $5.2 billion operating budget. She served as an advisor to the CEO on district priority setting and policy development. Beth also represented CPS in local, state and federal policy discussions.  Prior to leading the Budget Office, Beth served as director of the CPS Office of Extended Learning Opportunities.

She holds a Bachelor’s from Amherst College and Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Beth, her husband and their three children reside on the North Side of Chicago.  Her two school-aged children attend Chicago Public Schools.