Elizabeth Vargas

Elizabeth Vargas

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Elizabeth joined Living Cities as Strategic Communications and Engagement Associate in February 2014. In this role, Elizabeth supported the 2014 redesign of the Living Cities Website. She also led Living Cities’ web analytics portfolio, and was responsible for tracking and reporting on how the organization’s knowledge efforts impact the field at large. She helped Living Cities open-source social change, staying “in-the-know” on new trends and technologies in the digital and nonprofit communications space.

Prior to joining Living Cities, Elizabeth was the Communications Coordinator at the Urban Institute. There, Elizabeth contributed to digital, events and PR strategy, supported the organization’s re-branding efforts and managed media analytics. She also created and launched Urban Institute’s first Quarterly Reports.

Elizabeth began her career as a Fellow at The Atlantic magazine, where she was also Executive Assistant to the President of AtlanticLIVE. Elizabeth created marketing campaigns and managed Underwriter engagement for the magazine’s thought-leadership convenings, including events at the 2012 Presidential Conventions.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2011, where she studied Literature and Media Theory. A native of New Jersey, Elizabeth currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and serves as Co-Chair of the local UVA Alumni Women’s Networking Committee.

Elizabeth Vargas

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Join our 9/27 Virtual Event on Closing the Racial Gaps

On our 25th Anniversary, Living Cities will host a Virtual Event to honor the good work done over the past quarter century, reflect back on the progress that has been made, and most importantly, look to the future. I’m thrilled to announce a thought-provoking, virtual experience! On Tuesday, September 27th, Living Cities will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. As part of our celebration, we …

#GoodReads: Environmental Racism, Inequality and A Path Forward

As we react to the crisis unfolding in Flint, MI, our staff share three articles that highlight perspectives on inequality and potential solutions to improve outcomes for low-income Americans. This month, we’ve watched in horror as the water crisis in Flint, MI unfolded. We’ve contributed to the public outcry, and doubled-down on our own efforts to address the issues at …

Why Economic Growth Lags: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities

A weekly round-up of articles and information that you won’t want to miss! Start your week off with #GoodReads that will get you thinking. In this edition, we get real about the potential – and limits – of technology. We review a case for reparations and re-think the CRA Exam. Lastly, we turn our eyes to Detroit and the education …

Vote with Your Investment Dollars: And Other #GoodReads

This week’s round-up of articles, videos and other timely information covers promising ideas and fresh perspectives on capital innovation. This week, our reading recommendations focus on putting the power of capital – private, public and philanthropic – to work as a tool to dramatically improve the lives of low-income people. At Living Cities, we work to develop, implement and test …

Cities Big and Small Tackle Social Challenges in 2016: #GoodReads from Living Cities

A weekly round-up of reading recommendations that you won’t want to miss! In this week’s round-up of reading recommendations, we look at how cities big and small are working in 2016 to tackle some of the most intractable social challenges. We take our explorations from the Midwest, where racial equity is top of mind, to New England, where innovative funding …

From Gun Control to Millennial Moms: #GoodReads from Living Cities

A weekly round-up of reading recommendations to kick-off 2016! During time between Christmas and New Years, our staff spent a good deal of their time reflecting on the year that had passed – on wins and progress, and on failures and opportunities. And this meant that we had plenty of time to read! To kick-off our weekly #GoodReads round-up in …

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