Liz Berry has a wide range of experience in the field of education, both in the U.S. and in developing countries. Currently, she serves as a Senior Education Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she is developing programs to improve the quality of basic education in South Africa. From 2003 until May 2009, Berry worked for Global Education Fund (GEF), a non-profit organization that improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries through education programs, including the establishment of libraries, scholarship programs and leadership development programs. Berry served as the Program Director of GEF from 2005-07 and the Executive Director from 2007- 09.
Prior to her work with GEF, Berry was involved with a number of U.S. education initiatives. From 1991-97, Berry was a senior program officer at New American Schools, a $100 million effort to rethink U.S. public schools through comprehensive, whole school reform. In addition, she worked as an analyst for the venture capital fund, Children's Edu-Investors, focused on investing in innovative technologies for public schools. She has also served as a board member on a range of school boards, education foundations and non-profits.
Earlier in her career, she advised multinational corporations as a management consultant at William Kent International, Inc. Berry and her husband, Don Gips, have three boys, ages 19, 17 and 14. She received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management