Executive Director (2018-Present)
Elizabeth Clay Roy is committed to helping cities live up to their potential as places of connection, inspiration and opportunity. She has led coalitions and campaigns from the neighborhood to national level, and is now the Executive Director of the TakeRoot Justice.
Before joining TakeRoot, she was the Chief of Staff at Phipps Neighborhoods and Co-Director of South Bronx Rising Together, a educational equity partnership. Prior to that, she was the founding Deputy Director of Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to expand economic mobility where she spearheaded the creation of the Opportunity Index with research partner Measure of America, a first-of-its-kind measurement of contributing factors for economic opportunity at the state and local level.
Elizabeth is an urbanist and the co-author of Shaping Vibrant Cities, a guidebook on effective community-led urban planning based on her participatory governance work with Janaagraha in Bangalore, India. She also served Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as a Policy Advisor and the Director of Grassroots Governance. Elizabeth and her family live in Harlem, and she is a Board member of the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle. She received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an IGNITE Leadership Fellow at NYU’s Wagner School for Public Service.