Elizabeth Palla

Liz Palla assists nonprofit organizations and grantmaking foundations with organizational assessment and strategic planning, and provides development program management, training, and a range of services to help strengthen and grow nonprofit fundraising programs.

Before joining American Philanthropic, Liz served as senior program officer at the William E. Simon Foundation in New York, where she helped review and make recommendations on funding proposals, evaluate organizational effectiveness, and maintain foundation operations. Prior to her time at the Simon Foundation, Liz worked at a nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent college newspapers on campuses around the country.

Liz graduated from Gonzaga University, where she studied foreign languages, literature, and philosophy. She lives in Montana with her philosopher husband and children.

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