Elizabeth “Liz” Berry Gips

United States of America

Chairperson, ALF Board

Elizabeth Berry Gips has more than two decades of experience in the education sector. Currently, Liz is the Executive Director at Kigutu International Academy and the Chief Strategy Officer at Village Health Works, where she is establishing an innovative boarding school that looks to prepare a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders in Burundi. Previously, she worked as a consultant to MasterCard Foundation’s Education and Learning team. From 2010-2014, Liz served in leadership capacities at USAID. She served as USAID Coordinator of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Prior to that, she served as Senior Education Advisor to USAID in South Africa, where she designed education programs to build teacher capacity, working in partnership with the South African government and the private sector. From 2004-2009, Liz was the Executive Director and Program Director for Global Education Fund, a US non-profit which improves the lives of children living in poverty through community-based education programs. Liz serves on several Boards and Advisory Councils, including Teach for All, World Learning and Global Education Fund. She received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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