Elizabeth González was appointed Portfolio Director at Irvine in February 2016 as part of its new focus. Prior to that shift, she was Program Director for the Foundation’s former Youth program, which she led since January 2015 and served as Senior Program Officer in 2014.
As Portfolio Director, Elizabeth oversaw the development of the Better Careers initiative in 2017, and now oversees its implementation. She serves as the Portfolio Director for the Foundation’s Postsecondary Success grantmaking and oversees Linked Learning, the Foundation’s culminating effort to transform high schools by integrating academic and career-technical education, and is now expanding across the state under the leadership of our Linked Learning partners.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Elizabeth was a Program Officer with the Postsecondary Success strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she developed and managed investments in building community partnerships for college completion, including the alignment of K-12 and higher education policy and the development of new models for certificate-based education. Elizabeth has served as a Senior Program Officer at First 5 Los Angeles where she developed and managed investments in community capacity building and early learning, and led the organization’s strategic planning.
A researcher by training, Elizabeth has worked on issues of welfare reform implementation and labor market inequality in California. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA and her undergraduate degree at Columbia University.
For many of California's working adults, the path to a good job — a job with room for growth, stability, and a family-sustaining wage — seems out of reach. Meanwhile, employers are having a hard time filling open positions that require specific skills.Read the Story
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The evaluation conducted by SRI International shows that Linked Learning makes a difference for high school students. High-quality, certified pathways are leading to more credits earned, decreased dropout rates, and higher graduation rates.Read the Story