As the Director of Operations and Research, Ms. Cavagnaro is responsible for supporting Children Now’s day-to-day operations, including contracts, facilities, information technology, human resources, governmental compliance, legal, general administrative functions, and strategic planning; and improving the organization’s operational systems, processes and policies. Ms. Cavagnaro also supports the organization’s finance systems and research needs and publications.
Prior to this position, Elizabeth worked as an associate with Children Now’s Research team and before coming to Children Now, she was a Management Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C., in the office of Federal Student Aid. While there, she worked in the project management team on the Department’s policy on Gainful Employment and in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer supporting the executive management team with research and analysis. While in Washington D.C., Ms. Cavagnaro also worked as a Finance and Operations Intern at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.
Ms. Cavagnaro earned her MPA degree with an emphasis in non-profit finance from the George Washington University. She also holds a BA in Political Science and in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.