Elizabeth Garlow

Deputy Director, New Practice Lab; Fellow, Faith & Finance

Elizabeth Garlow is the Deputy Director of New America's New Practice Lab and also serves as a Fellow on Faith and Finance. Her work focuses on building a new economy anchored in human flourishing. She pursues this through the levers of policy and finance, working to connect new economic frameworks with communities of practice and implementation across the public and private sectors. 

Prior to joining New America, Garlow helped lead impact investing for Lumina Foundation. Through Lumina Impact Ventures, she invested in early stage ventures focused on designing new and more equitable 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 originally hails from Detroit, where she co-founded and led Michigan Corps, which launched the nation's first statewide Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. She began her career with ACCION USA, supporting the nation’s largest microfinance program. 

Garlow has served as a nonresident fellow at the Council of Michigan Foundations where she consulted with foundations statewide on mechanisms to facilitate direct impact investing activities, and at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research where she helped launch a major research initiative focused on place-based strategies for human capital and economic development in small-mid sized U.S. cities.

Garlow 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 Economy of Francesco initiatives to build a new moral economy.