Liz Nellis, Tiger Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Education, employment, youth & families, criminal justice

CONTACT: (212) 984-2565, info@tigerfoundation.org

PROFILE:  Liz Nellis has been a program officer at the Tiger Foundation since January 2015. She previously worked at the foundation as a program associate for over two years. Other work experience includes the New York Common Pantry and The Door – A Center of Alternatives.

Her NYU Wagner fellows bio shares:

Elizabeth (Liz) Nellis is a program associate at the Tiger Foundation (Tiger), an organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in New York City.  Founded in 1989 by Julian Robertson, Tiger utilizes a rigorous business-like approach to grantmaking that focuses on measurable outcomes in order to maximize the impact of its investments in its four portfolios: education, employment, youth and families, and criminal justice.  At Tiger, Liz supports program staff in their ongoing assessments of existing grants and conducts diligence on prospective grantees. 

Prior to her current role, Liz served as a development associate for volunteer services at the New York Common Pantry (then Yorkville Common Pantry), where she coordinated opportunities for volunteers to participate in efforts to alleviate hunger in the city, such as grocery distribution programs and nutrition initiatives.

Liz also volunteers as a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate and mentors counselors-in-training at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Crime Victims Treatment Center.

Liz graduated from New York University in 2011, where she majored in Applied Psychology and interned at the Door, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Partnership for the Homeless, and the Relationship Foundation.  She was particularly inspired by the resilient participants of the Door, a community center which provides young people with comprehensive education, health, and social services.

Originally from Atlanta, Liz enjoys movies, NYC’s burgeoning southern food scene, visiting art galleries, and most recently, exploring the city by bike (carefully).  On her to-do list are banjo classes and travel.