Senior Advisor/Financial Capability Subject Matter Expert
Elizabeth Jennings is Senior Advisor/Financial Capability Subject Matter Expert on the LEAD Center and is the Interim Executive Director of National Disability Institute. She was Assistant Director of the LEAD Center since 2012. Jennings is a national trainer on Social Security benefits, asset development strategies for persons with disabilities (including favorable tax provisions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, financial education, and protected savings opportunities), and the building of expanded relationships between the disability and asset building communities. Her varied experience includes spearheading asset development initiatives in Florida and New York to increase access to VITA, EITC and asset building opportunities for individuals with disabilities, creating collaborative agreements, building partnerships, executing grant allocations, providing technical assistance on federal disability policy and assisting individuals in job development and understanding the effect of work on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.
Jennings uses her expertise as Assistant Director and Training and Technical Assistance Team Lead for National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center. As Training and Technical Assistance Team Lead, Jennings works with LEAD team members, national partners and subject matter experts to implement the training and technical assistance necessary to foster individual and systems change across all LEAD Center initiatives, including creating the monthly LEAD Center webinar series. She also provides training on the impact of work on Social Security benefits and provides technical assistance to partners across the country on economic empowerment for individuals with disabilities receiving federal disability benefits.
Jennings has a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology and minors in Black Studies and Women’s Studies from Florida State University.