Elisabeth Babcock, MCRP, PhD

President and CEO, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock is President and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a Boston-based nonprofit that transforms lives by helping people move out of poverty and provides the tools for other institutions to systematically do the same. Since 2006, Beth has lead the organization, formerly known as Crittenton Women’s Union, to become a “best-in-class” research and innovations powerhouse, which consistently delivers new programmatic and public policy approaches to expedite pathways out of poverty.

EMPath’s metric-based, mentor-led, incentivized model offers a viable roadmap that is recalibrating the way governments, nonprofit organizations, and policy makers approach their work with low-income families.

For almost a decade, participants have used EMPath’s Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® and the Mobility Mentoring® service platform to increase their incomes, secure permanent housing, attain higher education, and establish themselves in careers that help them break the cycle of poverty. Their outstanding results have prompted the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthy America, and federal, state, and municipal leaders to recognize Mobility Mentoring® as one of the most promising interventions addressing the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

Beth previously served as President and CEO of Hearth, where she developed the organization into a nationally-recognized model of supported housing, advocacy and research for homeless elders; Vice President of Strategy for Northeast Health Systems, a $285 million-dollar vertically-integrated health care system; and Executive Director of the Lynn Community Health Center.

Beth earned her doctorate degree in Non-Profit Strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level for more than two decades at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.