Elizabeth Garlow

New America

Wellbeing Economy Fellow

Elizabeth Garlow is interested in the ways faith, finance and policy intersect to animate economic futures that better support our flourishing. She is a wellbeing economy fellow in New America’s New Practice Lab and co-founder of the Francesco Collaborative, which works with faith-based groups to invest in a solidarity economy.  Prior to joining New America, Garlow helped lead impact investing for Lumina Foundation, where she invested in social enterprises creating new education and work pathways. She previously served as a policy advisor with the Obama Administration’s Community Solutions Task Force, where she managed the President’s Promise Zones initiative.  Garlow is based in Michigan, where she previously co-founded and led Michigan Corps, which launched the nation’s first statewide Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.  She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and holds an MPA from Princeton University. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Dominical School of Philosophy and Theology for her work with the Economy of Communion and Pope Francis’ Economy of Francesco initiative.