Elizabeth Gonzalez Suarez is vice president of Community Life (CL) for the Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), a position she has held since 2016. She leads a talented and diverse team to innovate, implement and evaluate Community Life, a place-based model that uses healthy and stable housing as the platform for connecting families, seniors and residents with intellectual or developmental disability to services, resources, and opportunities so they can thrive. By creating programs and building strategic partnerships with residents and local stakeholders, CL helps create pathways to opportunities in early education, economic mobility, youth development, community engagement, voting access, healthy living, and resident leadership.
Previously Elizabeth served as the director of Community Health Practice at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the deputy director of the U54 Partnership Outreach Program. Most of her 20-year tenure with DFCI was dedicated to designing and implementing evidence-based programs that promote public health among high-risk and underserved populations. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth conducted research on community-based approaches to health promotion and cancer prevention. She was an active member of the DFCI’s diversity initiative, targeting programs to increase representation of people of color into the health professions.
Elizabeth serves on the Harvard Catalyst, Community Advisory Board, and Health Resources in Action (HRiA) Board. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in psychology from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. She is married with two sons and is a strong community arts advocate and supporter.