Liz McCartney is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the St. Bernard Project. Liz has worn many hats at SBP – in her previous role as Director of Construction, Liz led her team to reduce the average lead time to rebuild a house from 116 to 61 days.
Liz was awarded an Urban Innovation Fellowship at Tulane University in 2011 to scale and replicate SBP with support from the university. In recognition of her dedication, Liz has received numerous awards including White House Champion of Change in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, Liz and her husband Zack, the co-founders of SBP where featured on the cover of US News and World Report for being one of the top 10 socially innovative organizations in the country. In 2008 Liz was named the CNN Hero of the Year for her innovative work in helping Katrina survivors return home.
Liz received a B.A. from Boston College, an M.A. from The George Washington University and an honorary doctoral degree from Muhlenberg College. Liz and her husband, Zack, live in New Orleans with their son, Jack, and two cats.