Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Chief Program & Strategy Officer, College Futures Foundation

Elizabeth González is chief program & strategy officer of College Futures Foundation. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of the foundation’s strategy. She is a long-time philanthropy professional working for national, state, and regional foundations in support of advancing intergenerational mobility and public-sector systems-change strategies. Previously, she was a portfolio director at the James Irvine Foundation, where she oversaw the education and workforce portfolios, including the Better Careers initiative, postsecondary success grantmaking, and Linked Learning, Irvine’s signature initiative to integrate academic and career-technical education for better student outcomes in high schools throughout California. Prior to her work at the Irvine Foundation, she was a postsecondary success program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a national portfolio of municipal partnerships for college success. In addition to her work on the PPIC Statewide Leadership Council, she currently serves as a member of the Grantmakers for Education board, and USC’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy advisory board. She earned a BA from Columbia University, and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on poverty, labor market inequality, and social policy.