Elizabeth Sanders

Associate Director of Program Facilitation and Fund Development

Liz currently serves as the Associate Director of Program Facilitation and Fund Development at Lead by Learning, where she works to transform adult learning communities for educators by applying what research reveals about the conditions of equitable learning communities for students. 

Prior to working with Lead by Learning, Liz served as a district administrator, a school site administrator, and a high school English teacher. In these capacities, Liz has led collaborative communities of educators and students to achieve outcomes such as: 

  • successfully braiding multiple state and federal grants to expand career technical education pathways; 
  • designing and implementing SEL curricula that improved students’ sense of connectedness to their school communities;
  • establishing systems of intervention that facilitated collaboration across certificated and classified staff, demonstrably improving the engagement and achievement of ninth-graders;
  • and implementing corrective instruction cycles that improved student outcomes in English Language Arts.

As a leader of adult learning spaces, Liz often finds herself asking educators to take the same risks that she asked of her high school English students: to express, own, and hone their ideas together — to try in order to revise, and to revise in order to grow. She seeks to cultivate learning communities in which all participants feel not only safe and supported, but eager to take the risks that will enable their students’ growth.

Liz’s motivation to pursue this work is rooted in the conviction that our world will only become its most just and verdant self when members of all communities can grow up to lead it. She is thrilled to work with Lead by Learning’s many partners to create school communities that are fearlessly self-transforming in pursuit of equity. Liz holds a B.A. in English with Interdisciplinary Honors in Feminist Studies from Stanford University, and an M.A. in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She currently lives in Richmond, CA, where she was born and raised by two public school teachers, and she is a proud product of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.