Liz is the director of philanthropy for the Rural Center, joining the organization in October 2017 with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of fundraising. Born and raised in Western New York, Liz attended William Smith College on the shores of Seneca Lake where she earned a degree in sociology.
Her first development job was as a donor relations specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, a world-class medical institution with a world-class fundraising program. There she began learning the art of fundraising from the donor’s perspective before ever asking for a gift. These valuable lessons honed her skills in making connections and building relationships with philanthropists and colleagues alike.
Liz went on to serve as the assistant director of development for the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, the director of development at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and returned to Johns Hopkins as the senior associate director of development for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research.
After 17 years in wonderfully weird Baltimore, Liz followed her big brother to North Carolina when she accepted a regional development director position at NC State University. Several years later, a desire to connect more directly and authentically with an organization’s mission led Liz to discover the Rural Center. Now in a very different environment than higher education, Liz is happily employing all of her varied development skills for the benefit of rural North Carolina.
Liz is married to David Mansfield, a self-employed IT guru for small businesses, and they are the joyful fur parents to three rescued dogs: Shelly, Mandy, and Little Bit. The family lives in fabulous Franklin County on 18 acres of land that includes a 1,500 square foot garden and a full sized disc golf course. They enjoy entertaining friends and family, canning and preserving, volunteering in the community, and sampling North Carolina craft beers.