Elizabeth Werbe




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New Challenge


Elizabeth Werbe joined The New School in 2015 as Associate Director of New Challenge. In this role, she leads a university-wide education program that supports emerging leaders in developing the entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to collaboratively address pressing social challenges. Elizabeth is an entrepreneurial leader and educator with nearly two decades of experience working at the intersection of design, education, and social change. What she most enjoys in her work is designing transformative experiences that help them connect with themselves and the world. Elizabeth’s work is rooted in a desire to awaken young adults to their passions and enable them to realize their full potential. A natural connector who excels at recognizing and building on individual strengths, she thrives in dynamic settings where she can engage diverse stakeholders in developing and implementing vision and strategy that increase impact. Prior to her arrival at The New School, Elizabeth developed and implemented innovative programs at leading organizations, including the University of Michigan, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Ashoka Youth Venture. Whether teaching courses on social entrepreneurship, exposing students to design as a tool for social change, or mentoring youth in the creation of digital stories, Elizabeth is passionate about inspiring others to find a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and B.A. from Haverford College.