Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Elizabeth Belfer

Private Investor and Philanthropist


Elizabeth Belfer is a private investor - focusing on the consumer and retail sectors - and philanthropist, spending much of her time in non-profit fields focusing on the Environment, Urban Design and Planning, and the Arts. Elizabeth serves on the Board of the American Federation of Arts and is a Trustee of the Museum of the City of New York, where she has recently been elected Chair of the Program Committee. She is a founding member of the Global Leadership Council of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and is involved with WRI’s newly created Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Having previously served on the Board of the Municipal Art Society, she has also become involved with the Regional Plan Association, jointly advocating for major re-investment in the tri-state area’s infrastructure, as well as for visionary resilience planning for New York and its environs. She is also a part of the High Line Trust, having been a long-time supporter and champion of the project, she was honored at the group's benefit in the Spring. She is delighted to be part of the IBES Advisory Council.