Senior Advisor – Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
Elisabeth Mason is co-founder and former CEO of Single Stop. Elisabeth is an expert on venture philanthropy, children’s rights, start-up organizations, and poverty-fighting programs. She currently serves as senior advisor to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Under her leadership, Single Stop has grown rapidly to serve 1 million families, drawing down $3 billion in impact in its first 7 years, and has won numerous awards, including 2 White House Social Innovation Fund grants.
At Atlantic Philanthropies, she helped develop a $1 billion, 10-year spend-down plan to help disadvantaged children. She was also a managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, Senior Advisor at Innovative Philanthropy, and practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
In her early career, Elisabeth was the founder and executive director of Fundación Kukula, an agency serving street and working youth and their families. During her tenure with Fundación Kukula, she was one of the founding members of the Central American branch of the Latin American Street Kids Movement. Elisabeth has also served as an advisor to the United Nations and to local and international agencies on various human and children’s rights, legislative reform, juvenile justice, and community and youth development programs throughout the Latin American region. Additionally, she has participated in projects in India and Africa and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, where she lived for six years.
Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Harvard and a Law Degree from Columbia.