Elizabeth Runkle

Senior Consultant
[email protected] | 912-434-1917

Elizabeth has worked with and on behalf of low-wealth and marginalized populations to create a positive social impact over the last 12 years. She brings a unique background of generating and implementing innovative and break-through ideas within the social sector. Elizabeth holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar.

Prior to her role at GCN, Elizabeth was the Director of Finance and Administration at Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) where she oversaw the acquisition and renovation of a $2.3 million, 7 acre, 61,000 square foot property. Prior to CHCA, Elizabeth was Care Coordinator at Pathways Community Network Inc., a technology-based social enterprise which operates Georgia’s Homeless Management Information System. She began her career in Washington DC working with leaders from Congress, the Federal Government, and the private sector on policy issues related to women and girls.

Elizabeth has advised several nonprofits and small businesses on strategy and business models. Elizabeth has expertise in the areas of social enterprise, business planning for nonprofit organizations and small businesses, strategic planning, grant management, feasibility studies, data management and technology systems, and market research. She has written several research and policy reports and presented at national and state-wide conferences.

 Elizabeth lives in Brunswick, Georgia and enjoys gardening. 



Business and Strategic Planning

Social Enterprise Development

Market Research and Feasibility Studies

Collective Impact


Business and Strategic Planning
Genesis Home

Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnership

Younger Women’s Taskforce

Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment

Social Enterprise Development
Passage Home

Market Research and
Feasibility Studies

North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center

Grameen America Foundation

Goodwill of North Georgia

Collective Impact
United Way of Coastal Georgia