Elisabeth Babcock, MCRP, PhD

President, CEO; Economic Mobility Pathways

Elisabeth Babcock (Beth) is the President and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), an international charitable organization dedicated to creating new pathways to economic independence for low-income individuals and their families. EMPath uses its unique “action-tank” business model to design, build, and test new approaches for creating economic mobility and then share them with other organizations and governments. Beth’s role as CEO is to lead EMPath in its strategy to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty.

EMPath’s applied research led to the development of its groundbreaking Mobility Mentoring® platform. Since its release in 2009, Mobility Mentoring has been internationally recognized for creating significantly improved outcomes in earnings, educational attainment, and family stability in extremely low-income families. Program impact has been so robust that government has advanced application of the model in TANF, Housing, Post-secondary Education, and Early Intervention settings, and a community of practice of more than 80 organizations across the US and abroad have implemented Mobility Mentoring practices. Beth received her Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her Ph.D. in non-profit strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level for more than two decades at Harvard and Brandeis Universities.

She has received numerous awards including the 2017 Sesame Street Hero Award, and the 2013 World of Difference Award by the International Alliance for Women. She currently serves as a member of the US Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, a national commission supported by the Gates Foundation and examining promising new approaches to close the opportunity divide. She also has served as an advisor to the World Bank where she helped create and taught in their new online course, Using Psycho-social Approaches to Improve Livelihoods Programs. Her article, “Re-thinking Poverty” was named one of the top articles of 2014 by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.