Elizabeth DeKonty

Director, North Carolina Resilience & Learning Project

Elizabeth has a passion for improving the lives of at-risk and trauma-exposed children. She brings experience in mobilizing diverse groups of individuals and building collaborative relationships in order to create systems-level change that benefits children and youth. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in human services from Elon University, and her Certificate in nonprofit leadership and her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After graduating from Elon University, Elizabeth worked in development and fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society both in North Carolina and in New York City. During her time at UNC Chapel Hill in graduate school, Elizabeth served as a school social work intern at both Heritage Middle School and Forestville Road Elementary and as a youth services intern at InterAct of Wake implementing a healthy relationships curriculum in Wake County Schools. Most recently, Elizabeth was a Program Manager for the Center for Child and Family Health with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program in Durham, NC implementing a training program across the state to train clinicians and social workers in trauma-focused therapies for children and families. Elizabeth joined the Public School Forum in June of 2017 and now serves as the Director of the North Carolina Resilience and Learning Project working to create trauma-sensitive schools in our state.

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