Elizabeth A. LaPorte

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Science Outreach Manager

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

Transferrable 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 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
  • Experienced at non-profit board leadership, supervision, program management, and organizational governance

Key Efforts

  • Develop strategic efforts to connect people, projects, and partners. Example: Co-led initiative to highlight student engagement in fieldwork locally and globally, see: Global Impact Projects - Dow Fellows Program 
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Example: Member of Graham Institute DE&I Team, and member of the U-M Diversity Competency Committee
  • Analyze program initiatives to promote the mission of the Institute. Example: Lead efforts to effectively communicate impacts
  • Promote the communication of sustainability science for key audiences. Example: Staff editor and outreach manager for the Michigan Journal of Sustainability 
  • Support leadership development. Examples: President, Michigan Clean Marina Foundation Board; and member, UUAA Leadership Development Team


  • Master's Certification - Educational Media and Technology, Eastern Michigan University (instructional design, pedagogy, and education content development)
  • Master of Fine Arts - Communication, Eastern Michigan University (marketing, product development, and content management)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Communication & Design, University of Michigan (design theory, usability, and ergonomics)


  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, Lifetime member