Elizabeth lived and worked abroad for five years before beginning her graduate studies at UCLA. She taught English at Ouyang Yu School, a rural Chinese government school in Hunan Province, and taught 6th grade at Iringa International School in Tanzania, before moving to Trujillo, Peru. In Peru she ran Espaanglisch, a small domestic NGO that delivered free and low-cost English language classes to children and adults in the most underserved areas around Trujillo. After nearly two years with the NGO, she switched to the for-profit sector and did product management and cold chain supply logistics for Special Fruit NV, a Belgian agricultural importer/trader, from their Peruvian office. Elizabeth decided to return to school in order to acquire the management skills necessary to lead an organization (non-profit or for-profit), as well as the content and analytical skills to work in government or civil society. Following graduation, she will be pursuing a career in international development.