Elisabeth D. Babcock, MCRP, Ph.D.
Elisabeth D. Babcock (Beth) is the President and CEO of the Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU), a Boston-based charitable organization dedicated to creating innovative new pathways to economic independence for low-income women and their families. With an annual operating budget of over $11 million, and direct services to more than 2,000 women and children, CWU provides ground-breaking economic mobility housing, education and workforce-development programs, anti-poverty research, and public advocacy. Beth’s role as CEO is to lead CWU in its strategy to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new programmatic and public policy approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty.
Prior to her work at Crittenton Women’s Union, Beth was the President and CEO of Hearth where she developed the organization into a nationally-recognized model of supported housing, advocacy and research for homeless elders. Before joining Hearth, she was the Vice President of Strategy for Northeast Health Systems, a $285 million-dollar vertically-integrated health care system, and Executive Director of the Lynn Community Health Center where she helped found the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore (PACE Program) and built a new main community health center campus.
Beth received her Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her Ph.D. in non-profit strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level at Brandeis and Harvard for more than a decade, and has consulted on non-profit strategy with well over one hundred organizations including arts, human services, and health care organizations. She is currently Senior Faculty teaching and overseeing the strategy and management curriculum of the Abreu Fellows program at the New England Conservatory of Music.
In 2008, an article she co-authored for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Achieving Breakthrough Performance”, was chosen its article of the year and she was profiled as a “breakthrough manager” in The Breakthrough Imperative: How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results, written by Bain authors, Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert.