Elizabeth Cabral Curtis

President and CEO

Elizabeth Cabral Curtis became President and CEO of TDC in 1982. In addition to leading TDC, she focuses on strategic business planning and organizational development for nonprofit organizations across the sector.  She also helps foundation clients translate their intended impact into effective granting programs, and works closely with them to strengthen their investments in organizations whose missions they care about deeply.

Over the past decade, Ms. Curtis has led complex business planning and organizational redesign projects that have helped both local and national nonprofits to establish new ventures or reposition themselves to grow or better serve their constituents. Additionally, she helps clients evaluate the effectiveness of programs.

Ms. Curtis works closely with the boards and staff of performing arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, community health centers, human service providers and environmental and advocacy groups, as well as private foundations and government agencies. She also co-authored a 2006 study of the impact of debt on the nonprofit organizations in three sectors (arts, social services, and private schools) and a 2016 study on funding for the arts in Boston and ten other metropolitan areas.

Ms. Curtis currently serves on the board of the Perkins School for the Blind.  She holds a MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management, a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University, and a BA from Bates College.

Why TDC?

“TDC excels at seeing issues from all sides. We help organizations frame big strategic concepts and then work from the bottom up to create plans that bring the concepts to life. Our work on the ground with organizations makes it possible for us to look at the sector as a whole.”