Liz McCartney co-founded SBP in 2006 with Zack Rosenburg after spending two weeks volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dissatisfied with the state of recovery, Liz and Zack actively began surfacing problems to advocate for much needed systems change so that people would suffer less.
Liz currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer, leading SBP’s ongoing long-term rebuilding work in 10 disaster-impacted communities around the country. Through SBP’s partnership with Toyota, the former teacher led her team to reduce the average time to rebuild a house from 116 to 61 days. The model used to achieve these results has become SBP’s standard construction model, applied to all of the organization’s work nationwide.
In 2008, Liz was named the CNN Hero of the Year and was nominated as a CNN SuperHero of the Decade in 2016 for her continued work in disaster recovery in South Louisiana following devastating floods that summer.