Elisabeth and her family moved to Santa Barbara ten years ago. Since then she has been involved in a number of non-profit projects, most recently serving eight years as a trustee at the SB Museum of Natural History, where she is currently chair of the board. During her time at the museum, Elisabeth chaired the Development Committee, Gala Committee, and served as a member of the Branding and Master Planning Committees. She has a background in public policy and worked in Washington, D.C. in the private-sector representing companies and governments in political issue campaigns.
She also worked for the state of Washington as a policy analyst for the Senate, working with government representatives and various interest groups. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara in 2005, Elisabeth lived in San Francisco and served on the board of directors at the Presidio YMCA, a three branch YMCA devoted to bringing a varied and often divergent community together. She has also served as a tutor to inner city children in literacy and general studies. Elisabeth has been involved for over 13 years with Siempre Unidos, a Honduran HIV/AIDS project, and is a current trustee and treasurer for their board. She and her husband, Greg, support health care, educational and conservation programs locally and internationally. Elisabeth has a B.S. in English from the University of Washington and lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and four children—three of whom attend Laguna.