M.A., Philanthropy & Development, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA

B.S., Marketing & Vocational Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Elizabeth is the newest member of the JF Smith Group, coming on board this year as a Feasibility Study Specialist. She is a seasoned advancement professional with a master’s degree in philanthropy and development and seventeen years of fund development, marketing, communications, and public relations experience. Her advancement career includes a special emphasis on major, principal, and planned giving strategies, grant-writing, and government funding requests. Elizabeth also carries a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) professional certification.

A strong background in financial planning and secondary education led Elizabeth into the development field where she built diverse fundraising and advancement experiences in a variety of fundraising and leadership roles. She has served as Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB); Sr. Director of Major and Planned Giving for Winter Haven Hospital Foundation (Florida); Director of Planned Giving at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham); and Director of Development at her alma mater, Auburn University – both for the Office of Planned Giving and the College of Education.

Elizabeth has a comprehensive knowledge of charitable planning, fundraising techniques, and campaign planning, but also has a deep appreciation of varying donor motivations for the support of education; healthcare and medical research; social services; the arts; economic development; and athletics. She has a passion for philanthropy, planned giving, and the professional development of others.  Elizabeth enjoys fostering collaborative work and inspiring others to think creatively about how donors can make impactful gifts that support initiatives most meaningful to them.

She has three married children and SIX grandbabies that have stolen her heart. Elizabeth enjoys college football; spending time with family, friends, and neighbors; her dog Charley; volunteer work; crime and legal stories; the beach; and weather-watching.