Meet Elizabeth: Konojel’s Social Enterprise Developer

Elizabeth first heard about Konojel at a benefit concert in San Marcos. As a volunteer, she quickly saw the impact Konojel had on the community, and gladly accepted when a permanent place was offered to her.

Elizabeth majored in Development Studies at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in Sustainable Economic Development in Latin America. She has volunteered for AmeriCorps and various nonprofits domestically and abroad. She has ten years’ experience in food and design, including founding and managing two small businesses. More recently, as an interior designer, she worked with immigrant artisans and craftsmen, eventually leaving to pursue what has remained her main commitment to sustainable economic development in Latin America.

As the Social Enterprise Developer, a role that encompasses both the Konojel restaurant and the Sabor del Sol micro-enterprise, Elizabeth oversees and manages the operations of the restaurant and sewing cooperative. She is looking forward to increasing their capacity and capability, creating sustainable partnerships, and working on brand and product development.

Elizabeth has lived and worked in San Francisco, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and has traveled independently to 34 countries. In her free time she produces videos with her husband, Austin, a commercial director and editor.