Program Director at 2U and ARN Global Education Chair
Elizabeth Eccleston is a passionate and driven professional with a unique combination of skills in social work and business administration. She holds an MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the University of California, Davis, which allows her to bring a holistic perspective to her work. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has held various leadership roles in the education and social work sectors. She has been with 2U, Inc. for over a decade, where she has supported social work students, trained an entire department in academic coaching, and eventually moved into program management. In her current role, she builds relationships with university partners and oversees program strategy, growth, and success. Prior to joining 2U, Elizabeth worked as a domestic violence counselor and a case manager for unhoused youths. She also dedicated four years as a lead volunteer at Transforming Family, where she provided care and support to transgender-identified children and their siblings. Additionally, she co-founded Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-FFED), offering clinical trainings for professionals and support to gender diverse individuals in the field of eating disorder recovery. While advancing her career, Elizabeth managed her own invisible disabilities related to mental health, and received a late-in-life ADHD diagnosis. Committed to the idea that all colleagues should be supported and accommodated to bring their whole selves to work, she joined the 2U Ability Resource Network. As the Global Education Chair, she has contributed to building resource guides, moderating panel discussions, and developing a training program for managers to better support employees with mental health challenges, neurodivergence, or disabilities in the workplace. Elizabeth strongly believes in using her own privilege and professional credibility to normalize and destigmatize struggles with mental health and neurodivergence by openly sharing her personal experiences at work.