Elizabeth Johnsen, Outreach and Public Programs Coordinator

Elizabeth has 10 years of experience in communications, nonprofit outreach, and event planning. As the Outreach and Public Programs Coordinator, Elizabeth is responsible for planning, implementing, and improving The Opportunity Agenda’s distinctive convenings, webinars, and annual events. She oversees outreach and capacity building while actively growing the organization’s electronic database of partners and stakeholders from across the country. Working closely with the Director of Creative Strategies and Public Programs, Elizabeth supports the integration of creative strategies across the organization through public programming, content development, and strategic outreach.

A former journalist, Elizabeth transitioned to the human rights field in 2010. Before this career change, she spent four years living in Riga, Latvia, where she was a reporter for and then editor of The Baltic Times. Many of her stories focused on social justice and human rights issues in the Baltic states and Russia. She has contributed to international news organizations such as Transitions Online and the BBC.

Elizabeth has worked for several nonprofit organizations, including PCI-Media Impact and Freedom House, where she edited the annual Nations in Transit report. She has also worked as an outreach coordinator for human rights documentarian Martha Davis and as a data researcher for ClearHealthCosts.com, a New York-based startup that promotes equal opportunity to health care.

Elizabeth received her MA from Columbia University at the Harriman Institute, where she studied migration and human rights in post-Soviet states. She has a BA in Communications and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington.