Liz Bender joined First Place in 2012. As the Chief Finance and Growth Officer, Liz leads the Finance Team and helps ensure the organization’s financial sustainability. She is also responsible for leading the organization’s strategic planning and national expansion. Liz previously served as the Chief of Staff at First Place where she worked closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to establish the organization’s strategy and led its execution in partnership with members of the leadership team. Prior to working at First Place, Liz was a Senior Portfolio Associate at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, where she supported grantees in improving program quality, strengthening organizational capacity, and executing business plans for expansion. Liz has a BS in Finance from Boston College and earned a dual degree from Indiana University with a Master’s in Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management and a Master’s in Philanthropic Studies.