Liz Accles

Community Food Advocates
Executive Director
Contact: laccles@foodadvocates.org

Key Topics: Government-based food and income security programs, School food, Food stamps, Welfare, Analysis of policy implications of race, gender, class, sexual orientation dynamics in public benefit programs, Coalition and campaign building.

Bio: Liz Accles is the Executive Director of Community Food Advocates since 2013. She has spent her career in pursuit of social and economic justice and brings over 20 years of leadership experience at the city, state and national levels.

Prior to joining CFA Liz served as the Senior Policy Analyst at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies where she led the policy and advocacy work in the areas of income security and early childhood education. Liz conceptualized and built the Access to Assistance Campaign, a multi-faceted, coalition-based policy advocacy campaign designed to eliminate structural barriers to public assistance for low-income New Yorkers living in deep poverty.

Previously Liz served as the National Outreach Coordinator at Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV community. In this capacity she was responsible for developing and overseeing national educational and advocacy campaigns related to Lambda Legal’s priority issues.

From 1991 to 2004 Liz served as policy analyst at the Community Food Resource Center (CFRC) and worked on welfare and food stamp policy issues on federal, state and city levels.

In 1999, as a project of CFRC, Liz founded the Welfare Made A Difference National Campaign, a social marketing and legislative action campaign to reframe the debate over social programs for poor families. By engaging diverse voices of former and current welfare recipients in the policy debate the campaign challenged stereotyped images of poor women in both the public opinion and the policy-making arenas. Liz organized 250 former and current welfare recipients from around the country into a national speakers’ bureau and advocacy network and built a broad coalition of 400 national and local organizations to develop and promote public education and policy initiatives.

Since 2003 Liz has served as a Trustee for the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low- Income Women and Children. She previously served as a member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s National Board of Directors.