Elizabeth M. Cousens

Interim Chair of the SEforALL Administrative Board
Elizabeth Cousens

Elizabeth M. Cousens is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Dr. Cousens previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly, where she led U.S. diplomacy at the UN on human rights, humanitarian, and development issues, including leading US negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals. She has served on the boards of a number of UN agencies, funds, and programs, was the U.S. representative to the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and earlier served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the U.S. Permanent Representative. Dr. Cousens previously worked with the United Nations in Nepal and the Middle East and is a recognized expert on peace processes and international conflict management. Dr. Cousens has a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in History and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound.