Elizabeth Curwen thinks through her nonprofit and foundation clients’ communication challenges and puts them in motion. She excels at making complicated issues clear for diverse sets of audiences and has never met a document that she didn’t want to edit. She recently joined Outreach Strategies to lead engagements on climate change and sustainability.
Prior to joining Outreach Strategies, Elizabeth was a vice president at Spitfire Strategies, where she led the firm’s children’s health insurance coverage work for the Packard Foundation, criminal justice reform work for the Ford Foundation, and several projects for the whip-smart health reform advocates at Community Catalyst. She also led Spitfire trainings on a range of topics and developed an expanded storytelling curriculum to help organizations attract new donors to their cause.
Elizabeth has spent most of her career with public affairs and public relations agencies, including Widmeyer Communications and APCO Worldwide. As a vice president at Widmeyer, she helped create an award-winning public-facing campaign on drowning prevention, put issues facing the self-employed on the legislative agenda, and convinced public utility customers to reduce their energy use.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in geography and environmental studies. She tries to incorporate maps into her client work as often as possible with varying degrees of success. She spends her free time tinkering on the piano, practicing calligraphy and planning her next vacation.