Elizabeth Combs

Elizabeth manages the National Program Team at New Entry. She brings a passion for regenerative farming, land access, and small farm preservation to the role. She leads and develops programs for New Entry's national networks of land-based Incubator and Apprenticeship trainings farms that educate and train beginning farmers across the country. Elizabeth joined New Entry in Summer of 2019 after graduating from Tufts Friedman School with an M.S. in Agriculture, Food and the Environment and a concentration in Organizational Social and Environmental Strategy. At Tufts, she focussed on issues of justice, economic self-sufficency, and resource preservation in the food system. She was a Friedman Justice League Speaker and collaborated with Tufts Faculty Julian Agyeman and Parke Wilde on, “Evaluating Food Insecurity in the US Through the Lenses of Economics and Social Justice: Why are the Stories so Different?” a talk that considered the disconnect between the economic measurement tools and reporting surrounding food insecurity and the lived experience of individuals facing food insecurity and hunger, with an aim to aid those working within the food system in overcoming those disparities.

Prior to New Entry and Tufts, Elizabeth worked at the Dow Chemical Company, beginning her career in the company's Leadership Development Program. When she left, she was leading Global Strategic Intelligence for the Energy and Water Portfolio, a role that married market research with business strategy. Elizabeth graduated from Penn State's Smeal College of Business with an MBA in 2014 where she was an MBA Scholar for the Institute for the Study of Business Markets. She began her career in Seattle, Wa working in advertising agencies after graduating from the University of Puget Sound in 2008, with degrees in Business Leadership and Communication Studies. 

Elizabeth lives in Somerville with her fiance, Levi, and dog, Sammy. She can been found paddling the Charles, running the trails at the Fells, and riding bikes around Concord and Lexington. 

You can reach Elizabeth at elizabeth.combs@tufts.edu, she'd love to hear from you!