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Elizabeth Garlow
Executive Director, Elizabeth GarlowElizabeth joined Michigan Corps in May 2012 as Director of Strategic Initiatives and rose to the position of Executive Director in January 2013. She oversees all aspects of the organization's efforts to launch and lead social change efforts that bring Michiganders together in imaginative ways - and grow its community of "Corps Members."

Elizabeth has extensive business social responsibility and impact investing experience across sectors and around the world. At Michigan Corps, Elizabeth launched the country’s first state-wide Social Entrepreneurship Competition.  The Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge has attracted hundreds of social entrepreneurs and catalyzed new entrepreneurial investment across philanthropic and business leaders.

Prior to joining Michigan Corps, Elizabeth spent years working to advance domestic microfinance with ACCION USA, where she focused on strategic partnership development and program implementation to grow the country's leading microloan portfolio. While with ACCION, Elizabeth led key projects such as "Kiva Detroit" and helped transform the organization's financial education program into a thriving, nationwide initiative with support from Sam’s Club. Elizabeth also helped lead the launch and expansion of the "Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream" program. The partnership between The Boston Beer Co. and ACCION has garnered 1 billion media impressions including coverage by CNN and Fast Company and was awarded the Boston Business Journal’s 2010 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award.

Elizabeth started her career researching The Economy of Communion Initiative's efforts in business social responsibility and cooperative movements in Brazil, Argentina and Italy. She speaks extensively on the program’s unique approach to engaging small and medium sized businesses in profit-sharing and job creation practices to lift communities out of poverty.  She has been published on the topics of social entrepreneurship and business social responsibility in The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Harvard Business Review, Lonergan Review, and North American Case Research Journal.

Elizabeth was named the 2012 Small Business Administration Champion of the Year for New England and one of Detroit’s 2013 20 in their 20’s emerging business leaders by Crain’s Detroit Business. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, Spanish and International Economics from Kalamazoo College.  Elizabeth is an avid swimmer and loves road-tripping across Northern Michigan.
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