Placed Leaders

Elizabeth Clay Roy

Executive Director, Executive Director

Takeroot Justice (Formerly Community Development Project ), Takeroot Justice (Formerly Community Development Project )

Koya partnered with the Committee of  the Community Development Project on their search for the organization’s new Executive Director. Trisha Sutrisno managed and led an inclusive national search, resulting in the placement of Elizabeth Clay Roy.

CDP started in 2001 as a project of the Urban Justice Center designed to provide legal, participatory research and policy support to support grassroots and community-based groups in New York City in the areas of capacity building, consumer justice, equitable neighborhoods, tenants’ rights & housing justice, immigrants’ rights, participatory research and policy, and workers’ rights.

Elizabeth Clay Roy is an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader of social change initiatives for economic justice and participatory democracy. Named as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star in 2015 by New York Nonprofit Media, she has fifteen years of experience in participatory planning, coalition building and collaborative policy making. Before joining CDP, she was the Chief of Staff at Phipps Neighborhoods and Co-Director of South Bronx Rising Together, a collective impact partnership to improve outcomes for youth. Prior to this, she was the founding Deputy Director of Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to expand economic mobility and she served Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as the Director of Grassroots Governance.

Elizabeth is the co-author of Shaping Vibrant Cities, a guidebook on effective community-led urban planning based on her participatory budgeting work with Janaagraha in Bangalore, India.

An active community member in Harlem, Elizabeth serves with the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle, International Commission for Dalit Rights and We Are 2042.

She holds degrees from Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an IGNITE Leadership Fellow at NYU’s Wagner School for Public Service.