Elizabeth Barajas-Román is the CEO of the Solidago Foundation. For more than 20 years she has been a leader in progressive movements, including advocating at the national level for the health and rights of immigrant women and their families. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public foundation that fuels progress toward gender equity through collaborative, multi-year, grantmaking and leadership development. Under her leadership, the Women’s Fund was part of several strategic initiatives that resulted in systems-level change impacting about 3 million women and their families. She was previously a manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and before that, the Director of Policy at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she opened and directed the organization’s Washington, D.C. office.
Elizabeth’s leadership has been recognized nationally with a Center for Progressive Leadership Executive Fellowship, an appointment to the American Public Health Association Committee on Women’s Rights, and as a board member of the Women’s Funding Network. She also serves on the board of directors for an international business startup accelerator, Valley Venture Mentors. She is on the board of tribunes for WGBY Public Television, is a steering committee member for New England Women’s Policy Initiative, and is a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. The Massachusetts Treasurer appointed Elizabeth to serve on the state’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board, and the statewide Advisory Board on Wage Equality.
She is a Massachusetts-based Business West 40 under 40 awardee, a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), a graduate of Oberlin College and received her master’s degree in international policy from Harvard University