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Elizabeth Crabtree

Vice President, Administration and Operations

Elizabeth Crabtree joined the Brandeis Institutional Advancement Division as vice president of administration and operations in October 2018.  She serves as the chief operating and financial officer for the Division and oversees all administrative, financial, technology, human resource and operational support systems and services.  Elizabeth is a key advisor to the senior vice president, effective partner with University Finance and Administration, professional schools, and units, and plays a leadership role in the planning and management of major fundraising campaigns and initiatives.

Elizabeth has over 20 years of senior management experience in fundraising and nonprofit management and is the Founder and President of Crabtree Lane LLC, a nonprofit management and consultancy practice. Recognized as a visionary leader and change agent with demonstrated team-building and problem-solving skills, Elizabeth’s leadership and guidance has helped a variety of top tier public and private institutions raise billions of dollars, increase fundraising revenues, grow donor participation and volunteer engagement levels, identify and engage new prospects, and develop best-in-class systems and practices for nonprofit administration and fundraising operations. 

Before starting her own consulting firm, Elizabeth was assistant vice president for strategy and resource development at Brown University where she served for 13 years as a member of the senior leadership team, planned and supported two successful multi-billion-dollar campaigns, and managed a 50-member professional staff.  Previously, Elizabeth served in fundraising, communications, grants administration and program management roles at public and private universities and led a corporate foundation in the Chicago area. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Elizabeth was a marketing director and senior analyst in the consumer products industry and was a talent manager and music agent in her early professional career. She is an alumna of the executive master’s program in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston.