The Economics Arkansas Foundation has hired its first director. Elizabeth Sullivan will be taking the reins of the organization, effective Aug. 1.
As the director of the foundation, Sullivan is charged with fundraising, including securing major gifts, as well as cultivating new and existing donor relationships. She will also be responsible be identifying new funding opportunities and managing fundraising campaigns.
Prior to joining the Economics Arkansas Foundation, Sullivan served in development roles with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Arkansas Children’s Foundation and the Razorback Foundation. She bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in elementary education. During her college years, she was recognized as the 2002 NCAA Female Athlete of the Year award for Oregon.
“Elizabeth comes to the Foundation with excellent credentials and—even more importantly—absolute enthusiasm for the importance of economic and personal finance education in schools,” said Ray Hobbs, president of the Foundation Board of Directors. “Under her leadership, the Foundation’s endowment is expected to generate the funds necessary to bring economic and personal finance training and resources each year to all Arkansas teachers and students.”
Launched in 2016, the Economics Arkansas Foundation aims to provide funding for Economics Arkansas’ long-term sustainability. It was launched with a $2 million lead gift from the Walton Family Foundation.