Elizabeth Walsh

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Elizabeth Walsh

Director, Communications and Marketing


Elizabeth Walsh joined Humentum in November 2015. As director of communications & marketing, she oversees strategic communications to our 330+ member organizations and the wider international NGO community, as well as the marketing of workshops and other special events. Elizabeth’s two big passions are communicating ideas and connecting people. These two interests have propelled her along a career path from private sector public relations, to international relief and development, and now to her present position. Before joining Humentum, she worked at three Humentum member organizations: Management Sciences for Health; Tostan, where she worked in Senegal on a project funded by the Nike Foundation; and Americares. Elizabeth served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin from 2000-2003. Prior to joining Peace Corps, she worked in New York as a public relations professional for 15 years. Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in communications from Iona College and holds an M.A. in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. 

Q + A

What is your favorite place you’ve been to, and where do you want to go next?

Puh-leeze, I can’t name just one favorite place. For my best-loved international city, it’s Paris hands down: the food, the people, the great way you can walk anywhere and see something interesting. On the U.S. side, I love my new home town of DC—I moved here to work for Humentum— for all the same reasons I love Paris. But there’s more to the world than great cities. I lived for two years in a rural village in Benin, West Africa, and if I think about it too long, I can still get homesick for the red earth, the green trees, and the slow pace of life. As for where I’m going next: Vietnam, I think!

Which Disney villain do you love to hate (or just plain love)?

Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil… if she doesn’t scare you, nobody will! The song says it all. Seeing her also brings back fond memories of watching 101 Dalmatians with my nephew, who would decide that the movie was over the minute the scary music started playing that signaled her arrival. 

Describe your ideal weekend.

My ideal weekend starts with a beautiful day—sunny, warm, and a clear blue sky. It’s filled with great friends, good food, a challenging hike or long walk, and time to read a book and the Sunday papers. And no work e-mails!