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Elizabeth Reilinger, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Elizabeth Reilinger, Ph.D., Co-founder and Managing Partner of LeadWell Partners, is a seasoned, successful leader, with more than 35 years of experience advancing social innovation and impact in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has been cited for her work around strengthening governance and the alignment between strategy, execution, outcomes and accountability. The Boston Business Journal has recognized her ". . . as an example of a new breed of nonprofit chief: tough, bottom-line smart, and management trained."
In her capacity as a CEO, she led one of the nation's premier nonprofit organizations through a major turnaround and expansion and engineered a successful merger with another major institution. At Cornell University, she directed numerous studies and evaluations of national social policy initiatives, advised federal and state legislative and executive branches around policy development and provided technical assistance to public and nonprofit organizations around program development, management and evaluation. She has served as Dean of Allied Health at Boston University and on the faculty at Tufts University, Ithaca College and the State University of New York.
From 1996 to 2008, she chaired the Boston School Committee, driving the agenda for urban education reform. Under her leadership, Boston won national acclaim for its documented improvements in student achievement, including the 2006 national Broad Award and the 2004 inaugural CUBE Award for outstanding school board governance practices. In 2007, Dr. Reilinger received the Richard R. Green Award, the nation's highest honor for leadership in urban education.
Dr. Reilinger has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education and emerging businesses. She has been the recipient of many awards for fundraising acuity, for governance and management leadership, and for promoting opportunities for urban youth. Dr. Reilinger received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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