Elizabeth grew up in Michigan along the shores of the Great Lakes. As one of twelve children, she learned the importance of working together with people and having 8 brothers, she also knew how important it was to get to the table! Elizabeth is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Public Policy. She interned with the Michigan House of Representatives, worked on numerous campaigns on both sides of the aisle and created an organization encouraging women to run for public office. In her early career after college, she was a research assistant with the Fetzer Institute with the assignment to be the “spiritual Thomas Jefferson” and explore the meaning of freedom of spirit. This work had a profound impact in her understanding of working in dialogue and creating wholeness in community work. As a former candidate for U.S. Congress, she saw firsthand the divisions that have resulted from our polarized system and knows that we can accomplish so much more when we find our common ground and connection. For several years, Elizabeth has served her community as a real estate broker, led a sales office, and helped many people achieve the dream of homeownership. She sits on local boards and is an active member in her community. Elizabeth and her husband, Vince, together have 5 children and own a small farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where they raise sheep and heirloom chickens. They are passionate about human rights and well-being as well as activists in land conservation. Together they founded a local advocacy group for open space preservation and conservation of our natural resources.