Elizabeth Christopherson

President & CEO, Rita Allen Foundation

Elizabeth is President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. In that capacity, Elizabeth is guiding the Foundation through a period of rapid expansion fostering new partnerships, practices and knowledge to enable inclusive democratic engagement with science and our shared civic life. Prior to joining Rita Allen in 2009, Elizabeth was the first female Executive Director of New Jersey’s public broadcasting network (NJN). As a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and in other leadership roles, she has initiated programs to broaden meaningful participation and leadership opportunities. She is the recipient of five honorary degrees and numerous awards for public service, including the prestigious Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and has served as a jury member for international media competitions, including chair of NHK’s Japan Prize.

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