Welcome New Staff, February 2021

The EBCF team is growing with four new hires in recent months. Our newest staff members come to EBCF with exceptional professional backgrounds and a wide variety of experience. We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth, Linda, Eric, and Ellie to the EBCF team.



Elizabeth Burger is the Finance Administrative Program Manager and works closely alongside the CFO on impact investing programs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she earned her master’s degree in international studies with a specialization in refugee and humanitarian emergencies.

Prior to joining EBCF, Elizabeth wore many hats at Social Venture Circle, where she led operations, communications, and impact investing programs & events. She also served as the Regional Coordinator at the Anti-Defamation League’s San Francisco office. Originally from Florida, she is an alum of New College of Florida and spent a year living in Hanover, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. Elizabeth has lived in the Bay Area since 2017.



Linda Cornett joined the East Bay Community Foundation in November 2020 as Senior Accountant-Investments & Funds.  She began her career in Finance in 1991 as a Portfolio Accountant with State Street Corporation. Linda advanced to Assistant Vice President, Client Services over a 13-year span with State Street.  Most recently, Linda was Vice President, Client Service, at Progress Investment Management Company.  Linda spent 16 years with Progress promoting diversity and inclusion in asset management and servicing institutional investors.  Linda holds a BSBA degree from the University of Phoenix. She is a CFA Institute Investment Foundations certificate holder (#5677).  She is a founding member and past president of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).  Linda enjoys music, sports, traveling, reading and exploring the outdoors.  She resides in Alameda, CA with her wife Vickie, where they raised four children and now have three beautiful grandchildren.



Eric Brown joins EBCF as Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communication. Eric is the principal of Brownbridge Strategies. He works with foundations and nonprofits on strategy, advocacy, and communications. Eric has been working to use communications to advance social and environmental causes for nearly twenty-five years. For almost eleven years, Eric was the communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. Previously, he was press secretary and speechwriter for Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, a member of Congress from New York City. ?Eric is also the co-host and co-producer of the podcast Let’s Hear It!, which explores the wonderful world of foundation and nonprofit communications.



Ellie Young joined the East Bay Community Foundation as the Development Associate. She is originally from Irvine, California and moved to the Bay Area in 2020. Ellie graduated from the University of Vermont where she majored in both History and Political Science, and minored in Religion. Her specialties included European History, the American Political System, and Religions in Asia. At UVM Ellie worked for the Department of Residential Life as a Resident Advisor.

After graduation, Ellie moved back to Orange County where she briefly worked in education before beginning her career in politics. She got started managing the field and volunteer operations for campaigns as a staffer. Ellie then began working for candidates as a fundraising consultant. In that role she acted as the call time manager, planned dozens of fundraisers, and implemented small dollar and grassroots fundraising campaigns. Throughout her career in politics, Ellie worked on campaigns for Parks Board, School Board, Community College Board, City Council, County Supervisor, Superior Court Judge, and State Senate.


We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth, Linda, Eric, and Ellie to the EBCF team, and look forward to their contributions to our journey toward an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.

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