Elizabeth Drew


Elizabeth loves a challenge.  Developing sustainable and scalable systems is her forte with experience ranging from IT network architecture, to school-wide educational intervention programming, to scalable online sales platforms for small farmers.

Elizabeth brings a deep and broad understanding of the complexities of creating and implementing new systems that are manageable and sustainable.  As an innovator, Elizabeth has developed and implement a variety of programs over the years. Her firsts include: serving as the 1st Technology Director at a private school for children with learning disabilities, serving in the 1st Peace Corps South Africa Group to service the Northwest Province, designing, developing and implementing the 1st Intervention Program for SEED Public Charter School in DC and designing, organizing and leading the 1st Service Learning Trip for public, private and charter school students and teachers to Zambia.  Currently Elizabeth is engaged in her next first: reinventing access to our local farmers.

Elizabeth supports farmers and small businesses by identifying their core strengths and honing their vision.  For example, she transitioned the Cotton Cattle Company, in Asbury, NJ from a CSA and farmers market business model to an online store platform.  Within a year, the online sales represented half of Cotton Cattle’s income.  Delivering this impact came from researching packaging suitable for home delivery, researching online sales platform, tightening coordination between the butcher and farmer, coordinating restaurant and retail sales, and co-developing the pricing and product strategy with the farmer.

Experience & Education

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Elizabeth worked in two schools in Rhode Island. Following her Peace Corps Service in South Africa, Elizabeth earned her MA in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elizabeth then worked first as a middle school math teacher and then spear-headed the Intervention Program for SEED Public Charter School, a public boarding school in Washington, DC. During this time, Elizabeth also organized and led public, private and charter school students and teachers on a service learning trips to Ethiopia and Zambia.

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