Executive Leadership

Elisabeth Olds

Interim Executive Director

Elisabeth provides consulting services to help nonprofits create meaningful social change and innovative solutions to the complex problems of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Elisabeth Olds began her career in the domestic violence field after serving as a Crisis-Line Volunteer with Friends of Battered Women and Their Children in Chicago. Shortly thereafter, she took a job as Legal Advocacy Coordinator with the Boulder County Safehouse in Boulder, CO, where she oversaw restraining order clinics in two counties; provided legal advocacy and court accompaniment to domestic violence victims and their children; provided 24-hour on-call advocacy for clients through the local police department; developed and implemented an evening legal clinic; and provided domestic violence training to local police, court personnel, and volunteers.

In December 2003 she began working with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Lead Advocate at the Supporting Our Survivors (SOS) Center, where she provided legal advocacy, case management, and referral services to clients and their children. In this role, she also provided domestic violence training to 911/311 operators and community groups and networked with community agencies to provide greater resources for clients. In October 2004 she transferred to DCCADV’s central office to work as a Public Policy Associate, where she researched and tracked legislation before the DC City Council; developed domestic violence training curricula for the Metropolitan Police Department; worked with community groups to develop legislation to benefit domestic violence survivors; and developed a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional resource manual for domestic violence survivors and advocates.

In 2006, Elisabeth co-founded DC SAFE and served as Executive Director through 2013, doubling the organization’s staff and funding while expanding its services to include 24-hour a day crisis intervention and an award-winning model of low barrier shelter. Since 2015, Elisabeth served as an independent evaluator under the Sexual Assault Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2013 for the District of Columbia government.

Elisabeth holds a BA in International Studies from American University.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for HopeWorks is charged with the responsibility of providing overall governance, strategic direction and financial stability for the organization.

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