Elizabeth Jennings

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Elizabeth Jennings serves as Community Engagement Manager for Community Action of Skagit County (WA) and the Skagit Volunteer Center, coordinating community education about poverty issues, research on the experience of poverty, volunteer strategies, and advocacy. She serves as Vice President of the City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Committee and Vice President of Volunteer Centers of Washington association. She has a background in nonprofit and human rights advocacy at the local, state, federal and international levels. With a passion for nonprofit governance, she helped found the Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute in Wyoming, and after serving in program and executive director roles, Liz taught nonprofit management at Western Washington University. At the start of her career, Liz worked as a daily news reporter, and managing editor of a regional scientific journal. She holds a BA in English and an MA in American Studies, with thesis research on how rural American activists create community and change. A certified Human Rights Education Trainer of Trainers, Liz volunteered for many years as an AIUSA activist, Wyoming Area Coordinator, national trainer, and Western Regional Planning Group co-chair. She focuses her current activism on affordable housing locally, and women’s human rights globally.