Elizabeth Denlinger Reaves

Summit Director

Elizabeth Denlinger Reaves, Summit Director, has been a member of the Sojourners staff since 2007. She is called to share God’s love with those around her through her gifts in administration, management, and spiritual discernment. Elizabeth has held several positions with Sojourners, including intern director, campaign director and deputy director for policy and outreach. She currently leads The Summit for Change: World Change through Faith and Justice, a leadership initiative of Sojourners.

Prior to coming to Sojourners, Elizabeth served as assistant policy director and conference director at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the leading organization for raising awareness and research funding of the disease. She has also worked at Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLP as a government relations associate and with International Justice Mission as a HR contractor.

Originally from the Sunshine State, Elizabeth graduated from the University of Florida where she produced the annual Women’s Leadership Conference. She is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and a professional clogging dancer. As an entertainer, she has performed in Costa Rica, Brazil, and across the southeast United States representing this folk dance tradition.

Elizabeth lives with her husband Scott and family in Washington, D.C., where they attend Washington Community Fellowship church, a multidenominational, evangelical congregation. She enjoys gardening, baking, and perusing local farmers markets.

Posts By This Author

Clean Energy and Security Act: If Everyone's Unhappy, It Must Be a Good Compromise

I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.

Doing the Best We Can in Hard Times - A Corporate Example

Scanning the headlines recently, the following caught my attention: "Walgreens giving free care to jobless and uninsured." I read the article to find the hidden catch, but to my delight, I found only a company trying to use its resources in a way that promotes the common good of society.

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SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare

The 111th Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110th, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008.

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention.

Still Hungry

This weekend I found myself irritable, tired, and hungry. Not hungry for food, but with an ache in my spirit. A burdensome kind of discontent not easily soothed by quick fixes.

'Meaner Streets' in D.C.

Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. political issues, the Sojourners policy team made an exception on a new piece of legislation that would have a direct impact on gun violence in the District. We signed Sojourners on to a faith-group letter last week opposing the bill described in this [...]

Vote Out Poverty

From election rhetoric to real change.

Burger King Agrees to Raise Wages for Tomato Workers

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced Friday that after a prolonged and often heated campaign, Burger King has agreed to award tomato pickers 1.5 cents per pound of tomatoes picked, the equivalent of a 71 percent increase in wages.

The decision was announced on Capitol Hill last Friday. Watch the press conference:

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