Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Lindsey joined Urban Alliance as its national CEO in April 2021. As CEO, Elizabeth supports Urban Alliance’s strategy, fund development, and dynamic team to connect high school students to equitable, inclusive careers through paid work experiences, mentorship, and professional development.
Previously, Elizabeth was the CEO of Byte Back, a nationally recognized tech equity nonprofit that expanded significantly under Elizabeth’s leadership. As CEO of Byte Back, she was named one of the Root 100 most influential African Americans of 2019.
Prior to joining Byte Back in 2015, Elizabeth served as Chief Operating Officer of Groundswell, where she oversaw its evolution from a community nonprofit into a nationally recognized social enterprise. Earlier in her career, she also developed and led workforce and economic development programs for the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia governments.
Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s from Swarthmore College and her master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University.
Elizabeth is passionate about expanding equity for diverse communities. She’s the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the board of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and serves as Treasurer of the board of the international organization, The Engine Room. She also serves on the board of the Goodwill Excel Center adult public charter school in Washington, DC.
In addition to The Root 100, the Washington Business Journal named Elizabeth to its most competitive list – 40 Under 40. She was a three-time Washingtonian Tech Titan and was named a Champion of Digital Equality by the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. Elizabeth won a DC Inno50 on Fire award, two DCA Live New Power Woman of DC Tech awards, and was named a 2019 Enterprising Woman by Tagg Magazine and a 40 under 40 Queer Woman by the Washington Blade. She led a panel at SXSW in 2018, delivered a TEDx talk, and was named a top 100 leadership speaker in Inc.
Elizabeth is a proud resident of Washington, DC where she lives with her wife, two daughters, and a very adorable but poorly behaved puppy. When she’s not working, you can catch Elizabeth on her Peloton, traveling with her family and friends, and/or enjoying DC’s fabulous restaurants.