Elizabeth Clay RoyCEO of Generation Citizen New York, NY Award Year: 2022
Elizabeth Clay Roy is a lifelong leader of civic engagement and social change initiatives, and the CEO of Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit committed to providing youth with the knowledge and skills they need to actively participate in our democracy. As a youth, Roy campaigned door-to-door for candidates in Boston before she was old enough to vote and was so active in voter registration drives that PBS’s show “In the Mix” chose her to lead youth coverage of the 2000 Presidential election. Before joining Generation Citizen, Roy was Executive Director of TakeRoot Justice, an NYC-based social justice organization that supports grassroots nonprofits and provides legal services to over 2,000 clients each year. She also served as Chief of Staff at Phipps Neighborhoods and Co-Director of South Bronx Rising Together, an education equity partnership. Prior to that, she was the founding Deputy Director of Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to expand economic mobility where she created the Opportunity Index with research partner Measure of America; a first-of-its-kind measurement of contributing factors for economic opportunity at the state and local level. She began her career working in participatory planning in India and serving Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as a Policy Advisor and the Director of Grassroots Governance.