Elizabeth Méndez Berry

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Elizabeth Méndez Berry

Director, Voice, Creativity and Culture

Elizabeth Méndez Berry has devoted her career to the power of storytelling as a cultural critic, professor and funder. She believes that artists and journalists are the soothsayers of our time, revealing the truths that spur societies toward justice and move hearts and minds toward compassion. Elizabeth’s award-winning journalism raised awareness of domestic violence in the hip-hop industry and led to the country’s first-ever public hearing on street harassment of women and girls. Elizabeth serves on the board of A Long Walk Home, a Chicago-based arts organization that works with teenaged girls of color to end gender-based violence, and Hedgebrook, which supports women writers. 

Elizabeth previously served as a program officer at the Surdna Foundation, where she managed the Artists Engaging in Social Change portfolio. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Vibe, Latina and The Nation.

Elizabeth earned a Master of Science degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a bachelor’s degree in literature and political science from the University of Toronto in Canada.