Prior to joining Brookings in November 2006, Elizabeth Ferris spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. There she was responsible for the council’s work in humanitarian response and long-term development. In this capacity, she worked with many local, national, and international nongovernmental organizations to support capacity building and to advocate for the protection of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other populations affected by conflict.
She has also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, the research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
She received her bachelor’s from Duke University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Florida.
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