Elizabeth Hamilton Foley


Through her consulting practice, Elizabeth (Bess) Hamilton Foley has provided organizational development consulting, training, and technical assistance as a finance specialist for a wide range of small and midsize not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC since 2000. She also worked on multi-year capacity building projects in Cleveland, Baltimore, New Haven and Arizona as an associate with National Arts Strategies. She began her seventh year in January 2012 as co-administrator of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ UPSTART Capacity Building Program and is a finance consultant/trainer for capacity building programs for Arlington Economic Development (Virginia) and Montgomery County Community Foundation (Maryland). Prior to consulting, Ms. Foley had extensive experience working in finance and administrative staff positions for several nonprofit organizations in the DC Metro area. She is an associate member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, a contributor to their website,, and serves as chair of the Nonprofit Operating Reserves Initiative Workgroup, and a contributor to its Nonprofit Operating Reserves Policy Toolkit, She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and finance committees, currently on the board of Capital Fringe (DC) and on the finance committees of Bowen McCauley Dance and Little Beginnings Child Development Center (VA).