Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Barajas-Román is the CEO of the Solidago Foundation and its affiliated foundations. She drives a small, but seasoned, team with a focus on collaborative leadership, innovative strategy, and an unflinching analysis on gender, racial, social and economic inequality.
For more than 20 years she has been a leader in progressive movements including advocating at the national level for the health and rights of immigrant women and their families. Prior to her appointment at Solidago, she was the CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public foundation that fuels progress toward gender equity through collaborative, multi-year, grantmaking and leadership development. Under her leadership, the Women’s Fund was part of several strategic initiatives that resulted in systems-level change impacting about millions of women and their families. She was also previously a manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and before that, the Director of Policy at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she opened, and directed, the organization’s Washington, D.C.-based office.
Elizabeth’s leadership has been recognized nationally with a Center for Progressive Leadership Executive Fellowship and an appointment to the American Public Health Association Committee on Women’s Rights. She serves as the board chair for the international Women’s Funding Network, and as a member of the national Emerge America board. Elizabeth was elected to the board of directors for an international business startup accelerator, Valley Venture Mentors. She is a steering committee member for New England Women’s Policy Initiative and is a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. The Massachusetts Treasurer has also appointed Elizabeth to serve on the state’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board, and the statewide Advisory Board on Wage Equality.
Elizabeth is a Business West 40 under 40 awardee, a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), a graduate of Oberlin College, and received her master’s degree in international policy from Harvard University.