Elisabeth Mason is the CEO and one of the founders of Single Stop USA, a major national not-for-profit that uses existing resources and infrastructure to restart the engine of American mobility. Elisabeth is an expert on venture philanthropy, children’s rights, start-up organizations, and poverty-fighting programs.
In seven short years, Single Stop USA has worked to helped 850,000 low-income households across 8 states access $2.4 billion in benefits and services. Notably, Single Stop has been at the forefront of groundbreaking work in the community college and veterans-serving sectors.
Elisabeth has over 20 years of experience, including her work at Atlantic Philanthropies developing 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, and Steen & Hamilton in New York City. In her early career, Elisabeth was the founder and Executive Director of Fundacion Kukula, an agency serving street and working youth and their families. During her tenure with Fundacion 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. A lifelong resident of East Harlem, where she still lives with her husband and two sons, Elisabeth holds a J.D. from Columbia University and an A.B. and a M.A. from Harvard.