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Elizabeth Schott

CEO, Accion San Diego

Elizabeth Schott is CEO of nonprofit microlender Accion. She joined the organization in 2004, bringing more than 15 years of project and organizational development, strategic marketing and public relations experience to the organization. Her first roles at Accion were as marketing coordinator and director of operations. She became its leader in 2008. She is a founding member of the SD Microfinance Alliance and is involved with the San Diego Regional Chamber Small Business Advocacy Committee, the Torrey Pines Bank Community Reinvestment Board, the Comerica Community Advisory Board, and the Accion U.S. Network Board.


College of Charleston