Ep. 154 – Gary Sinise Foundation COO, Elizabeth A. Fields

Mar 29, 2021 | 0 comments

Our guest today is COO Alliance Member Elizabeth A. Fields, COO of the Gary Sinise Foundation. 

Elizabeth joined the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2018 as its Director of Development before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer.​ She brings over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience to the Foundation, having previously held a variety of executive roles with NPR, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and Michigan State University.

Learning to collaborate during a crisis was a pivotal building block in ​her leadership development, particularly in the weeks and months after 9/11. Taking collective action with a unified goal in mind, and in keeping with the best interests of ​her colleagues​, has likewise proved crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly in how the Foundation accomplishes its mission.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has learned that passion is the most important trait of being happy and successful as a leader. Using this passion has allowed her to evaluate and build short-term and long-term approaches in multiple industries. 

Creating collaborative environments, trusting people to do their jobs, empowering staff, giving credit where credit is due, and providing support and guidance are all values she takes to heart.

In her leisure time, Elizabeth enjoys surfing, baseball, cycling, and playing golf. She thrives on the grit, passion, determination, and strength required of each activity.  

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • What were some of the big lessons Elizabeth learned from fundraising 
  • How to bring the good parts into the business world to avoid the complications and bureaucracy that some of the universities can get caught up
  • How the Gary Sinise Foundation operates and what the programs it raises funds for 
  • How does a successful non profit as a whole runs 



Connect with Elizabeth A. Fields: LinkedIn 

Gary Sinise Foundation. – http://garysinisefoundation.org


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Written By Cameron Herold

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