Programs Officer Elizabeth Nellums joins the DC Bar Foundation with a passion for improving access to justice for underserved residents of the District.
A DC resident, Elizabeth has seven years of grantmaking experience, most recently at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), where she was Program Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.
As an environmental grantmaker, Elizabeth experienced first-hand how different forms of marginalization and oppression intersect and overlap. She saw how low-income communities bear the brunt of zoning decisions that poison their water and air, and how they are affected by a lack of safe parks, clean drinking water, and the environmental and other benefits of tree lined streets in their neighborhoods.
She witnessed the impact of the decimation of local natural and recreational resources such as the Anacostia River (which is slowly beginning to recover, despite an estimated 20,000 tons of trash, 50,000 tons of sediment, and a half billion gallons of untreated sewage entering it each year).
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and a Master of Science in Planning and Policy degree from the University of Michigan. On her new role with DCBF, she says: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to leverage my skills into a new area of human services!”