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Elizabeth Olsson

Senior Policy Associate

Elizabeth Olsson serves as Senior Policy Associate at LDF. In that capacity, she identifies, develops and advances legislative and policy reforms in LDF’s priority areas, with a special concentration on education equity.  Ms. Olsson partners with federal and state-based coalitions, including the Dignity in Schools Campaign, to ensure the fair and effective implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Students Succeeds Act of 2015.

Previously, Elizabeth was Manager of Policy and Advocacy for Internationals Network for Public Schools, where she was responsible for leading advocacy initiatives to promote educational equity for immigrant English language learners. While there, she lead an effort to secure additional public funding for schools serving significant numbers of unaccompanied minor students in New York City, which resulted in a $1.1 million grant program for these schools.

Prior to her work with Internationals Network, Elizabeth served as the Policy Coordinator for ExpandED Schools. While there, she advocated for legislative and policy reforms to improve access to high-quality educational opportunities for low-income students of color. She also served as Elementary After-School Program Manager for Harlem Children’s Zone and previously worked as a middle school English teacher. Elizabeth is a graduate of the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Pace University School of Education.