Elizabeth Beavers is the Vice President for Public Affairs of the Quincy Institute and a national security legal scholar. In 2019, she launched a consultancy that has worked behind the scenes to strengthen leading national advocacy organizations in their work to lobby lawmakers, organize and train grassroots activists, and change the public narrative on matters of peace and security. Elizabeth also teaches remotely as an adjunct professor of counterterrorism law at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Elizabeth previously served as Associate Policy Director for the Indivisible Project, a grassroots movement organizing to influence Congress and build progressive power. Elizabeth led the organization’s advocacy efforts on foreign policy, national security, democracy, and human rights. Before that, Elizabeth was the Senior Campaigner on national security and human rights for the U.S. section of Amnesty International, where she worked to reform the U.S. government’s national security policies in line with international human rights standards. Elizabeth also managed the Militarism & Civil Liberties program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby in public interest.
Elizabeth’s expertise on national security law, anti-militarist foreign policy, and progressive advocacy has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, Reuters, and The Guardian. Her work on demilitarizing U.S. police was featured in the 2015 documentary, “Peace Officer.” She has previously served as a Senior Fellow with Data For Progress, and currently serves as Vice President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture’s board of directors.