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Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald

Chief Program Officer


The impact of skills-based volunteering goes beyond building social impact capacity. It connects folx across sectors who together can build a stronger thriving connected society and redefine civic engagement.

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald is a recognized expert in cross-sector partnerships, skilled volunteering, leadership development and capacity building for the nonprofit sector. She has worked with Fortune 500 and 100 companies, government and the social sector to build, lead and advance the use of service and civic engagement as a resource for communities worldwide.

Before joining Common Impact, Elizabeth served as the Vice President of Supporter Relations at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), an organization committed to developing leaders to engage civically within their communities to end educational inequity. Prior to joining LEE, she was the Chief External Relations Officer at the Taproot Foundation, overseeing partnerships, marketing and communications. During her nine-year tenure there, she launched and implemented initiatives that advanced the landscape of pro bono, including the strategic partnership component of the build and introduction of Taproot+, an online matching platform for pro bono; Pro Bono Week, an annual worldwide celebration of the impact of business pro bono; and the Global Pro Bono Network, an international association of pro bono providers.

Previously, Elizabeth founded 20% Theatre, an all-women’s theatre company dedicated to addressing gender inequity and the power imbalance in the theatre arena. In addition, Elizabeth founded J.A. Consulting, a practice dedicated to innovation, equity, leadership development, program approach and positioning to enable the achievement of critical social goals. Clients include The Fedcap Group, Benevolent, Team4Tech, West Side Forward and Authentifiy. Elizabeth is a lecturer on social impact, the nonprofit sector and partnership development at the Kellogg School of Business, Executive Education at Northwestern University and Smith College Executive Education. Her 20+ year nonprofit fundraising career spans some of Chicago’s most prominent arts organizations.

Elizabeth holds a BA from Smith College in English and Theatre and is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy.