Elizabeth A. LaPorte

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Program Manager

Elizabeth has more than 25 years of experience in project and program management, including working with diverse organizations. She works with faculty, students, community partners, and others.

Transferable Skills

Excels at developing project concepts and follow-through to implementation, assessment, and reporting; actively supports and demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and through volunteer efforts; adept at message development, program marketing, and public relations; successful at complex project management, including sponsored projects (leveraged more than $1.5 million 2009-2014); creatively managed the development of online professional development resources for a variety of audiences; and experienced at non-profit board leadership, supervision, program management, and organizational governance.

Key Efforts

Program Manager
Plan, oversee and implement activities related to The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan, and the Graham Institute Scholars Program.

Develop Strategies Connecting Faculty, Students, and Partners 
Analyze program initiatives to promote the mission of the Institute and co-lead initiative to highlight student engagement in fieldwork locally and globally, see: Global Impact Projects - Dow Fellows Program. Also, consult on media relations.

Implementing DEI
Member of Graham Institute DEI Team, and member of the U-M DEI Education, Learning, and Advisory Group.

Promote the communication of sustainability science for key audiences
Co-develop content with faculty and experts, including summaries, articles, and media outreach plans. 

Promote Leadership Development 
Facilitator for campus-wide events (DEI Staff Survey Discussion and CEW Advocacy Discussion). Chair of UUAA Leadership Development Team. A former member of the U-M Diversity Competency Committee, and former President Michigan Clean Marina Foundation Board and UUAA Board of Trustees.


  • Master's Certification - Educational Media and Technology, Eastern Michigan University. Focus: Online education content development, instructional design, and digital media development.
  • Master of Fine Arts - Communication and Design, Eastern Michigan University. Focus: Design, marketing, product development, and content management.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Communications and Design, University of Michigan. Focus: Design theory and practice, usability, and ergonomics.


  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, Lifetime member