Communications director Mary-Elizabeth Gifford has worked as a comms strategist for some of the world’s most recognized brands. A trusted voice for health justice, Mary-Elizabeth has presented at the Global Wellness Summit, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) Forum in Boulder, Colo., at Cornell University, and elsewhere.
Until March of 2019, when she joined the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, she was strategic partner in a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in advising venture capital and private equity firms and their partner companies. A longtime leader in the Biodynamic farming community, for 10 years she was on the Board of Directors of Demeter-USA, the U.S.D.A-recognized certifier, considered “beyond organic.” Mary-Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsible Travel, a D.C. nonprofit that works to forge links between the hospitality industry and global poverty eradication.
The democratization of wellness is a longstanding passion, and her pro bono support of the public health advocacy project 501c3 Wellness Warrior includes serving on the board of directors alongside author Kenneth Pelletier, MD, former FDA commissioner David Kessler, MD, and the Mayo Clinic’s Director of Complementary Medicine, Brent Bauer, MD. At the invitation of the Global Wellness Institute, she sits on a Global Wellness Initiative.
Mary-Elizabeth’s background as an award-winning multimedia journalist includes work in broadcast news and as a print reporter. Her photography and reportage has been published in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, The East Hampton Star, New York magazine and elsewhere.
A native of New York City, she was graduated from Brown University and had a year of post-graduate study at Harvard as an affiliate of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, where she studied with Professor Anne Harrington, founder of Harvard’s Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative. Mary-Elizabeth lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, a journalist at NPR, and their family.