Elizabeth B. Warshawer

Interim President & Chief Executive Officer
portrait photo Elizabeth Warshawer
President's Office

Elizabeth Warshawer brings more than thirty years of successful experience leading and managing organizations in the corporate, non-profit, and academic arenas. With experience working inside organizations in leadership positions and as an external consultant, Elizabeth has a track record of success creating and implementing strategic plans, designing and implementing campaigns, assessing and improving operating models, improving organizational success through effective and efficient human capital management, developing organizational capability through executive education and coaching, and working across constituencies to achieve outstanding results. Elizabeth is Principal of EBW Consulting, LLC working with a diverse group of clients in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco.

In 2014, Elizabeth co-founded ArtistYear, an initiative of Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, to bring the arts to Title I schools in underserved communities in America through one year of paid service. The program, designed to bridge national service and the arts, received a grant from AmeriCorps National Direct that has enabled the program to grow nationally.

From 2007 until May, 2015, Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Advancement Officer for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In this role, Elizabeth directed all non-musical functions of the Institute including, finance, development, external affairs, communications and marketing, facilities operations, human resources, legal affairs, information technology, and digital initiatives. She successfully led two strategic planning processes and two campaigns for Curtis and managed the Institute’s physical expansion with the construction of Lenfest Hall; a $65 million mixed use building that opened in August 2011 as part of a $160 million campaign.

Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1999 – 2007 during which time she also agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for one year.

From 1986 through 1999, Elizabeth held senior leadership roles in Scott Paper Company and NovaCare, Inc. and provided consulting services to the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for clients of their Custom Programs. She was selected as one of fifteen senior strategy and organization effectiveness practitioners from around the world to form the initial partnership network for the Center for Organizational Fitness (now TruePoint) founded by Mike Beer of the Harvard Business School. Elizabeth also served on the Thunderbird International Consortium Advisory Board of The American Graduate School of International Management.

Since 2015, her consulting activities have focused on strategic planning, organizational operating models, campaign feasibility studies and fundraising efforts, culture change initiatives, and leadership development. During this time, she also has served in interim executive leadership roles for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Kennedy Center and WHYY.

Recent clients in the arts and culture sector include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet, WHYY, Inc., Fabric Workshop and Museum, The National Constitution Center, The Museum of the American Revolution, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, League of American Orchestras, Opera Philadelphia, The Jewish Museum, NY, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas and Cal Performances at University of California, Berkeley.

Elizabeth holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and an MA also from Washington University.