Executive Director

Elizabeth Powley, Vice President and Executive Director, Heartland Alliance International

Ms. Powley is the Executive Director of Heartland Alliance International and Vice President of Heartland Alliance. In this position, she oversees programming for global populations in the United States as well as HAI’s programming in nearly a dozen countries.  Elizabeth first came to Heartland in 2010 to oversee international women’s and child protection programming.

Elizabeth is an expert in gender and post-conflict reconstruction, with more than fifteen years of experience in non-profit leadership and program development. She has worked extensively on issues of governance and political participation in sub-Saharan Africa. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at several institutions, including DePaul University in Chicago. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization, Every Child is My Child, which funds scholarships for students in Burundi and Rwanda. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and holds a Master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.