Elisabeth Udyawar

Relationships & Development Director

Elisabeth directs GBA’s strategic fundraising and network development. With an eye towards equity and innovation, Elisabeth cultivates cross-sector partnerships, fostering a diverse community of national and regional thought leaders. Elisabeth manages sponsor and member engagement, in addition to organizing key events including Women in Green and Emerald Evening.

Elisabeth specializes in catalytic grants and strategic network building, having spent seven years administrating several of Carnegie Mellon University’s different research institutes. Elisabeth supported the CMU team that raised $20 million to establish the Manufacturing Futures Initiatives, which also funded CMU’s Mill19 development at Hazelwood Green. She also managed the Manufacturing PA Innovation program, which disbursed $2 million in seed funding to regional companies and research institutions. As the Coordinator for the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Elisabeth fostered collaboration through legislative workshops, a climate speakers series, and interagency workshops in Washington DC, while maintaining all National Science Foundation reporting.

Elisabeth holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from The George Washington University, specialization in Post-colonial Literature in South Asia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California Riverside and has also studied at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.