Liz Walter’s early career involved teaching, admissions, and development in various independent schools in New England and California.  She then served for 10 years as the Managing Director and senior staff person of the Tauck Family Foundation, a private foundation based in Norwalk, CT, that invests in organizations and initiatives that equip the children of Bridgeport, Connecticut with the necessary social and emotional skills to thrive academically and in life.  Liz currently serves as President of the Tauck Family Foundation’s board of directors and as Vice-President of the Board of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  

Liz received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley.  Her graduate work focused on non-profit management practices and the philanthropic sector. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and three daughters.


Family Staff and Volunteer Peer Network: Culture, Traditions, Giving and the Holidays

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Elizabeth Walters, Jamie Forbes

Family culture surrounds us all the time.  During the toughest of times, culture is what allows families to thrive and support one another. The holidays are a time when culture, family, and traditions all combine!  Join family member Jamie Forbes, who has thought a lot about culture for his nuclear and multigenerational family, for a lively discussion.  This discussion will allow… Read More

Transformation, Transparency, and Ongoing Learning: Focusing Your Foundation’s Approach and Strategy

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Walters, Mirellise Vazquez, Ronelle P. Swagerty

This webinar will take an in-depth look at the experiences and lessons learned of the Tauck Family Foundation as it engaged in a re-think of its programs and strategies, resulting in a newly adaptive approach, strong relationships with its core investees, a laser-like focus on “what works,” and a commitment to ongoing learning and continuous improvement… Read More

Family Members on Call: Being Both Family and Staff

Posted on February 12, 2009 by Elizabeth Walters, Sarah Cavanaugh

If you are already family staff, if you are thinking of hiring a staff member who is family, or if you are transitioning from a family to a nonfamily staff person, this discussion is for you. The role of staff member to a family philanthropy already comes with a myriad of roles. But when the staff person is also family, there's a whole set of dynamics with both benefits and challenges… Read More

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