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Elisabeth Reitman


As a student, Elisabeth worked at a NGO focused on alleviating post-conflict trauma and the negative effects of war by assisting those injured by landmines. She is passionate about supporting survivors of violent conflict using peer support and theater. She is an integrator and matchmaker, and comes to Watson from our nominating partner: George Mason University’s Social Innovation Program.

“Protect your courage "

Protect your courage

Elisabeth Reitman is a 2013 graduate from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a combined degree in Technical Writing and Theater. As an undergraduate student, Liz was heavily involved in experiential learning trips focused on education reform and poverty alleviation. Liz also served as an Editorial Assistant at the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), an organization dedicated to eradicating the use of landmines and explosive remnants of war. While at CISR, Liz discovered that she had a growing desire to assist survivors of violent conflict.

Prior to attending Watson University, Liz completed coursework in trauma alleviation and organizational development at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Afterwards, Liz served as the Communications and Development Consultant at the Alliance for Peacebuilding in Washington D.C. To date, her most memorable post-grad experience has been the Social Innovation Program at George Mason University.

A self-described storyteller, Elisabeth enjoys dancing whether it’s Dabke or Salsa. She has traveled to five different continents and hopes to do more. Her passions include post-conflict recovery, peacebuilding, participatory theater and play therapy.