About Liz Hamburg



Liz is a high energy, entrepreneurial executive who is passionate about making an impact in the world. She has over 20 years of experience starting up and growing innovative organizations both in the U.S. and international markets. Liz has extensive experience both as board member and chair, as well as mentor to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.

Liz Hamburg is the founder of Upstart Ventures, helping social entrepreneurs drive impact.

Most recently, Liz was the President and CEO of the Taproot Foundation, a U.S. based nonprofit connecting nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers through pro bono service.

Liz was the founding New York board chair of the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, one of the largest domestic micro-enterprise training organizations working with low income women to help them start and grow businesses. She was a founding member of the advisory boards of the Brown University Entrepreneurs Program and the entrepreneur board of Venture for America and was on the New York Advisory Board of Astia.

As president of Upstart Ventures, Liz was involved in the start-up and growth of over 15 new businesses, including ApplyWise, an education technology company. Liz was a member of the founding management team and board member of Vimpel Communications, one of the leading cellular operators in Russia and the first Russian company listed on the NYSE.

Liz received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a BA from Brown University and a certificate from the Executive Education program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School.

Liz is the New York Champion for Tendrel, a network of social entrepreneurs and a member of the New York Women’s Forum.

Liz has traveled extensively to over 35 countries and speaks Italian and Japanese with conversational knowledge of Spanish and Russian.

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