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Staff

Elizabeth C. Cook
Founder, President, Director

Libby Cook, founder and Executive Director of Philanthropiece Foundation, brings her entrepreneurial background, expertise and vision to the work of the foundation.  Ms. Cook has 25 years’ experience in the natural foods grocery industry, having co-founded, led, and served as General Counsel for both Wild Oats Markets and Sunflower Markets.  Ms. Cook holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Denver.  She is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement from the CU School of Law, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the YWCA Hall of Fame Award for Entrepreneurship, and the Esprit Entrepreneur Award.  She currently chairs the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE) at Colorado State University, and actively serves on advisory boards for the University of Colorado School of Law,  Silicon Flatiron Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiatives at the University of Colorado, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, and Justice & Empowerment Initiatives.  Ms. Cook is actively involved in mentoring social entrepreneurs in conjunction with her work at Philanthropiece and the Unreasonable Institute.  Ms. Cook has lived and traveled abroad extensively and is multi-lingual.  When her social passions allow her free time, she can be found honing her skills playing beach volleyball and surfing.

 

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At Philanthropiece, we are fortunate to have a team of inspired and inspiring individuals who are willing to go to the end of the earth and back – or at least to the end of a long dirt road in the back of a bumpy bus – to share in the process of creating a better life in our partner communities.