Elizabeth McWhorter

Senior Director, Strategy and Operations


Elizabeth Kidd McWhorter is the senior director, strategy and operations at JFF. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector—in the United States and abroad. Her approach to leadership and organizational change is grounded in best practices and inspired by innovations developed across diverse sectors, cultures, and communities.

Most recently, Elizabeth was the vice president of Swannee Hunt Alternatives, an operating foundation that applies daring goals, distinctive perspectives, innovative practices, and extraordinary talent to some of the world’s most complex and injurious challenges. Along with Ambassador Swanee Hunt, the board of directors, and leadership team, she oversaw the organization’s five major programs. In addition, she aligned strategy and operations across the programs to craft ambitious plans, monitor and evaluate progress, and use feedback and reflection to steer and advance the work.

Previously, Elizabeth worked as a grant manager and development associate for a variety of organizations, including the Civic Education Project, an international exchange program for academics, and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. Her experience, especially as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania, has taught her to pursue excellence through an adaptive, opportunistic, and collaborative approach.

Elizabeth holds a master’s of public management from the University of Maryland, where she specialized in philanthropic and nonprofit management and leadership. She received her undergraduate degree in political science, Russian, and Russian studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, dog, cat, and fish.