Elizabeth Leiwant

Elizabeth is an analyst on the Engaged Students team where she conducts research to support innovative solutions to structural challenges in education.  She has worked with charter management organizations, non-profits, and foundations to further their work.

Immediately before joining Ed First Elizabeth conducted research for the Education Redesign Lab, supporting collective impact approaches to improve childhood outcomes and consulted with Massachusetts cities to innovate their practices. Elizabeth spent a decade working as a teacher and school leader in predominantly low-income communities in New York City and New Bedford, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Lesley University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Bowdoin College.

Elizabeth lives in Somerville Massachusetts with her husband and son.

Elizabeth's expertise

  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Research & Strategy
  • K-8 instructional practices
  • Training and Development

Recent clients

  • New Schools Venture Fund
  • Heising Simon’s Foundation
  • KIPP Foundation

Top 3 Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Maine
  • Chile
  • Italy

Elizabeth likes

  • Time with my family near the ocean

  • Baking and cooking for family and friends