Elizabeth Pauley, The Boston Foundation

TITLE: Associate Vice President, Education to Career 

FUNDING AREAS: Education, career preparedness

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PROFILE: Elizabenth Pauley is the associate vice president for TBF's Education to Career initiative. Her professional bio shares: 

Elizabeth Pauley joined the Boston Foundation in 2006 as a Senior Program Officer in Education. Since then, she has led the Foundation’s programmatic work in education and has helped the Foundation achieve significant reform and impact in the field. As a thought leader in the education portfolio, she has contributed to several Foundation led initiatives, including the Race to the Top Coalition, which successfully helped pass groundbreaking education reform legislation in the Achievement Gap Act of 2010. That legislation was the key ingredient in the Commonwealth’s placement as No. 1 in the nation in the federal Race to the Top funding competition, resulting in $250 million in education reform funding flowing to the state.  She authored Toward Closing the Achievement Gap: A One-Year Progress Report on Education Reform in Massachusetts, which outlined how the 2010 legislation was initially implemented across the state.


In addition to her K-12 education leadership, Elizabeth has led the Foundation’s college completion strategy.  Central to that strategy is Success Boston, a citywide partnership to double the college completion rates for graduates of the Boston Public Schools.  Elizabeth has worked with nonprofit partners to develop and implement a coaching model that helps low-income, first generation college students as they transition from high school, through the completion of the second year of college.  In 2014, the Boston Foundation was awarded a competitive Social Innovation Fund grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand the Success Boston coaching model, and beginning in 2015, will support approximately 40% of the city’s high school graduates who are pursuing a post-secondary credential.

Prior to joining TBF, Elizabeth worked at the Massachusetts Department of Education in the Commissioner's Office.  In that role, she served as the State Director of the State Action for Education Leadership Project, an initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation to improve school leadership through policy change and program investment related to the recruitment, preparation, and retention of principals and superintendents.

Elizabeth began her career as a Teach For America Corps member, teaching second and third grade in the Washington D.C. Public Schools. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, Policy, and Social Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

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