Elizabeth Kolodny has served as the Program Director for Operation Respect since the organization’s inception in 2000. In this role, she manages the dissemination of the “Don’t Laugh at Me” Program, organizes professional development workshops for educators; coordinates fundraising events, presentations and assemblies; maintains the organization’s website; writes grant proposals; administers contracts and budgets; and manages the daily operations of the organization. Elizabeth’s dedication and broad skills have been a great asset to Operation Respect for more than 16 years.
She previously served as a teaching assistant for Arts in Action, an after-school program that provided music, drama, dance and visual art opportunities for elementary school students in Washington, DC. At the same time, she served as a site coordinator for the After School Kids Program, at Georgetown University, which matches college students and community members as mentors for youth on probation throughout Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth then went on to earn a certificate in filmmaking at New York University (NYU) and served as a teaching assistant for film editing classes at the NYU School of Continuing Education. During her time at the university, Elizabeth co-founded, Looking Ahead, a mentoring program for court-involved youth, based at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and served as co-director for four years. In this capacity, she partnered with the Center for Alternatives to Sentencing and Employment Services to recruit program participants and worked with students at NYU to recruit mentors, develop a core curriculum, and facilitate weekly meetings with participants to provide them with positive role models and valuable skill-building opportunities.
Elizabeth brings her commitment to creating safe, compassionate, and respectful environments for children and youth to her work at Operation Respect.