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From left to right: Naomi Brook, Liz Keating, Alysia O’Brien, and Amanuel Gebru. Photo by Kristen Joy Emack.
For Liz Keating, becoming a Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) parent was a wake-up call.
“There is such inequity in this city that I only really understood when my oldest son started high school at CRLS,” said Liz.
At CRLS she met many talented children born in other countries, saw college readiness challenges for families, and witnessed the ongoing hunger for some families exacerbated by the pandemic. “There were quite a few kids in our school system for which their free or reduced lunch was their main meal of the day,” she said. “One of my son’s friends mentioned his family had little food in the house over school breaks, so I got some food cards for them.”
This is who Liz is: compassionate, aware, action-oriented, and bridging the gaps where she can.
Liz became involved with CCF while raising funds for the Falcon Pride Scholarship, a unique multiyear scholarship for CRLS graduates supporting college persistence. Through Liz and co-founders Andus Baker and his wife Rowan Murphy’s initial investments, a CCF grant of $50,000, and the additional support of dozens of donors, the fund is evolving into an endowed fund that will serve low-income students for years to come. The fund distributed the first round of scholarships in 2017 and has supported 20 scholars so far.
“I realized CCF was an important organization, and I wanted to get involved with helping it realize its potential,” says Liz. “To me, the shared prosperity framing of what the Foundation is doing is spot on.”
Liz joined the CCF Board of Directors in 2017, bringing a strong finance background and decades of teaching and consulting with nonprofits to bear on the Foundation’s work. She is currently the finance manager of Campus Child Care Inc., the merger of the six Harvard-affiliated childcare centers. She is also Chair of CCF’s finance committee, where she’s involved in the behind-the-scenes work of the Foundation.
In addition to college access and hunger, Liz has been an advocate for immigrants’ rights. For her, equity and opportunity are key.
“The Foundation is making a ladder, so people have better access to opportunity,” said Liz. For an innovation hub like Cambridge, that could take many forms: economic, research, social, or simply supporting people with lots of potential—like our very own CLRS students.
Watch how it all began