Elizabeth Hamilton Foley

Teaching Fellow
Arts & Culture Finance & Nonprofit Governance

Elizabeth (Bess) Hamilton Foley has provided organizational development consulting, training, and technical assistance as a finance specialist for a wide range of small and midsize not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC since 2000. She also worked on multi-year capacity building projects in Cleveland, Baltimore, New Haven and Arizona as an associate with NAS. She served for nine years as co-administrator of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ UPSTART Capacity Building Program from its 2006 inception and was a finance consultant/trainer for capacity building programs for Arlington Economic Development (Virginia) and Montgomery County Community Foundation (Maryland) from 2011-2017. Ms. Foley had extensive experience working in finance and administrative staff positions in the DC Metro area including Shakespeare Theatre, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Choral Society. She is an associate member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, a contributor to their website, Nonprofit Accounting Basics, and serves as chair of the Nonprofit Operating Reserves Initiative Workgroup and is a contributor to its Nonprofit Operating Reserves Policy Toolkit. She has also served on a variety of Washington area nonprofit boards and finance committees.

Teaching Fellow for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy