ELIZABETH POWER ROBISON
Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Power Robison is Founder and CEO of Strategic Fundraising Advisors (SFA), where she and her associates raise capital for a wide-range of nonprofit organizations. Elizabeth began her career working for the Salzburg Global Seminar, a nonprofit organization in Austria challenging current and future world leaders to shape a better world. There she helped foster networks for creative, just, and sustainable change. She spent the next twenty-five years raising more than $550 million in private gift support at leading higher education institutions including Brandeis University, Occidental College, The Claremont Colleges, Whittier College, and California Institute of the Arts. She also developed global partnerships in Brazil, China, Singapore, Austria, and UK.
Prior to establishing SFA, Elizabeth served as Vice President at the Milken Institute (MI) where she worked with Chairman Michael Milken to launch the Center for Advancing the American Dream, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, celebrating educators, entrepreneurs, biomedical research, public health, and free-enterprise. While at MI, Elizabeth also served as Producer for the American Dream Video Project, conducting more than 1,000 interviews with leaders from around the world on the subjects of education and the importance of teachers and mentors, philanthropy, health and medical research, entrepreneurship, and capital markets – and how each of these drive opportunity and shared prosperity.
In memory of her brother, an award-winning journalist who died tragically in 2014 while on assignment in Uganda, Elizabeth established the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute with support from more than 600 individuals and organizations who were touched by Matt’s life and work.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Brandeis University and a MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. She attended the Institute of Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has been a panelist and a moderator for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Elizabeth is chair-elect of the Family and Youth Education Commission (FYEC) at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Following a childhood in Middlebury, Vermont, Elizabeth lived abroad in Israel and Austria. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mark Power Robison, PhD, and their daughter, Leah..