Elizabeth Warner

Executive Director
San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Warner is Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, where she provides oversight and administration of the foundation’s San Francisco headquarters, and helps ensure organizational alignment between the San Francisco and Washington, DC offices and across multiple departments. Liz works directly with the president and board of directors, and is responsible for leading the organization’s resource development efforts to advance the mission.

Liz’s inspiration for the mission is fueled by her commitment to leaving the world a better place, for her children and for generations to come, and by connecting with the many individuals who share this passion for creating a safe and secure future.

Elizabeth has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising. Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund in 2012, Elizabeth served as the Major Gifts Officer at Paul Newman’s Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. She held previous positions at Partners in Ending Hunger, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and the University of Maine’s Tangelwood 4H Camp. Elizabeth has a degree in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s-level Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Recent content

Remembering Sally Lilienthal

At Ploughshares Fund, advocating for and celebrating women at the peace and security table is part of who we are as an organization. Our founder, Sally Lilienthal, started Ploughshares Fund in the 1980s as a bold way of facing up to Cold War fears.

March 8, 2019 - By Elizabeth Warner
Transforming Thinking, Advancing Policy

Ploughshares Fund believes everyone deserves the right to a safe and secure future. For more than 36 years we have been working to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons, to stop their spread and to reduce conflict in regions where nuclear weapons exist. From the brink of a new arms race, to...

January 30, 2019 - By Elizabeth Warner
International Women’s Day 2018

Right now, there is tremendous action happening across the country and around the world to advance women’s rights, human rights, and the right to a safe and secure future for all. But that future will not be realized as long as the fields of national security and foreign policy continue to be...

March 8, 2018 - By Elizabeth Warner
Culture and Nuclear Weapons at Tribeca Film Festival

Since the Nuclear Freeze movement of 1980s ended along with the Cold War, there has been little popular attention paid to the dangers nuclear weapons pose to humanity. This is especially worrying because many experts believe we are on the brink of a new nuclear arms race. But beyond the nuclear...

May 6, 2016 - By Elizabeth Warner
70 Years After Hiroshima

Retired Marine General James E. Cartwright, who from 2004-2007 oversaw the US nuclear arsenal as commander of USSTRATCOM, believes that there are three existential threats humanity faces today:  a major asteroid strike, a worldwide pandemic, and nuclear weapons....

August 5, 2015 - By Elizabeth Warner

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting with a remarkable woman and longtime supporter of Ploughshares Fund, Mrs. Joan Robertson. Next year she will turn 99 years old.

November 18, 2014 - By Elizabeth Warner

Sitting at the Chicago airport, snow swirling outside, salt covering my shoes, eagerly waiting for my delayed flight to take me back to San Francisco, I contemplate the previous month of travel with Joe Cirincione.

February 7, 2014 - By Elizabeth Warner

When we published our infographic demonstrating that planned replacements for the B-61 bombs would be worth more than the bomb’s actual weight in gold, we were reminded that the argument had been used before – by one of our most stalwart supporters.

July 10, 2013 - By Elizabeth Warner