Elizabeth (Liz) is the Senior GIS Research Manager for Global Forest Watch (GFW). She manages and contributes to research projects related to global forest change data and supports the creation of new GFW data, maps and publications. Her research focuses on commodity linked deforestation and understanding future risk of deforestation. Liz also leads the ongoing development of the Global Forest Review, a data driven online report on the state of the world's forests.

Prior to joining the World Resources Institute, Liz served as the GIS Manager at Kaboom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending playspace inequity. She developed their play desert mapping initiative and worked with cities to use data for the creation of equitable child and play related policies and infrastructure investments. Previously, Liz worked at MDA Information Systems on global GIS and remote sensing projects.

Liz holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused her studies on Environmental Planning and GIS.