Elizabeth Thorstensen

Elizabeth’s work focuses on the intersection of sustainability and economic development in the U.S., including writing three major reports to educate the economic development profession on this important topic. In her current position, Elizabeth works on a wide variety of economic development technical assistance and research projects and serves as the project manager of IEDC’s Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Program, a means of recognizing professional excellence in economic development organizations. Elizabeth brings a diverse experience in research, consulting and project management related to sustainable economic development and a passion for social-economic justice to the Mel King Fellows Program.

As a Mel King Fellow, Elizabeth looks forward to learning from peers in new and different ways, and is interested in collaborating to learn how economic development systems can change and adapt as sustainability becomes a more paramount goal for communities.

International Economic Development Council (Washington DC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. It supports its members to create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions.