As the Communications and Editorial Director, Elizabeth Johnsen oversees the organization's outward-facing platforms and content, including the website, digital programming, and printed and electronic publications. She manages the review and distribution process for the organization's distinctive editorial and messaging material, while actively growing The Opportunity Agenda's national network of partners and stakeholders. She leads Communications and Editorial Team planning, working with a talented and ambitious group of colleagues.
A former journalist, Elizabeth transitioned to the social justice 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. Her non-profit experience includes working for Freedom House, where she helped edit the annual Nations in Transit report, 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.