Chief Program & Strategy Officer
College Futures Foundation
Elizabeth González, chief program & strategy officer of the College Futures Foundation, works closely with the CEO in the development and implementation of the foundation’s strategy and oversees the foundation’s Program, Grants Administration, and Learning departments. She is a long-time philanthropy professional working for national, state, and regional foundations in support of public-sector systems-change strategies that advance intergenerational mobility, with a particular focus on equitable systems of support. She has led organizational strategic planning and large-scale policy and place-based initiatives designed to improve the health, social, and economic well-being of communities and families. Previously, she was a portfolio director at The James Irvine Foundation, where she oversaw education and workforce portfolios, including the Better Careers initiative, postsecondary success grantmaking, and Linked Learning, Irvine’s effort to integrate academic and career-technical education for better student outcomes in high schools throughout California. Prior to her work at the Irvine Foundation, she was a postsecondary success program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation overseeing a national portfolio of municipal partnerships for college success. She currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Education and USC’s The Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy. She earned a BA from Columbia University, and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on poverty, labor market inequality and social policy.