Lizzie Shackney grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated with High Honors in government from Wesleyan University, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. She studied abroad in Marseille, France and subsequently wrote her thesis on French urban political institutions and immigration, titled Social Mix or Maquillage?: Institutions, Immigration, and Integration in Marseille. At Wesleyan, she served in multiple community-oriented leadership positions on the Wesleyan Student Assembly, and she served as a student representative to the Board of Trustees. After Impact, Lizzie hopes to continue pursuing non-profit, community development, and research-related work.

What do you like to do for fun?

One of my favorite communities I was involved with at Wesleyan was a storytelling collective called the Sloth, which may or may not rhyme with a similar organization that wouldn’t allow us to borrow their name. Our team would come up with a theme, invite community members to share a story, and then draw a nice crowd to fit into a cozy space. It was a beautiful, funny, and touching way to connect. Most of what I enjoy ties into storytelling – I love to read, write, listen, and talk.

What is your favorite quote?

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross