Elizabeth Frederick, Chief Operating Officer, Avenues for Justice
As Chief Operating Officer at Avenues for Justice (AFJ), Elizabeth (Liz) Frederick oversees the agency's financial wellbeing, fundraising, and administrative operations, board development, programmatic expansion and codification, participant data collection and impact evaluation, in addition to providing leadership and direction in long-range organizational and program planning. In spite of the pressures of the COVID pandemic, Liz Frederick led Avenues for Justice in exceeding its program and fundraising goals with annual surpluses in both 2020 and 2021, breaking the $1 million mark for the first time in AFJ’s history for private sector grants in 2021. In 2020, 58% of grants came from new funders and in 2021, 33% came from additional new funders. Liz Frederick led AFJ’s Development/Fundraising team to successfully expand public sector and government grants due to AFJ’s new citywide service area, expansive reportage, and program success. Additionally, she spearheaded the expansion of all agency services to a hybrid online and in-person platform. Liz is committed to supporting young adults impacted by the criminal justice system, along with underserved and marginalized communities, having previously worked at Goddard Riverside Community Center. She holds a Master of Arts from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Juvenile Justice. In July 2020, Liz was appointed as a board member to the Pace University - Lubin School of Business Design Thinking Certificate Program Advisory Board. In May 2021, she was one of the leaders selected for Columbia Business School’s Programs in Social Enterprise – Developing Leaders Program For Nonprofit Professionals.