Elizabeth Garlow

Investment Officer, Lumina Impact Ventures


Elizabeth Garlow is Lumina’s impact investment officer. She most recently served as a community solutions fellow and domestic policy advisor at The White House during the Obama Administration, where she managed the President’s Promise Zones initiative, working closely with local leaders to create jobs, improve educational outcomes, reduce violent crime and support overall economic growth and vitality. 

Elizabeth previously served as the executive director of Michigan Corps, where she launched the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge to discover, develop and fund social enterprises across Michigan. She also served as a business development officer with ACCION USA, supporting the nation’s largest microloan program. Elizabeth has served as a nonresident fellow at the Council of Michigan Foundations where she consulted with foundations statewide on mechanisms to facilitate direct impact investing activities, and at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research where she helped launch a major initiative focused on place-based strategies for human capital and economic development in small-mid sized U.S. cities, with a focus on postsecondary “promise scholarship” programs. 

Elizabeth earned her masters in public affairs from Princeton University and her B.A. in political science, Spanish and international economics from Kalamazoo College.