Elizabeth Hawthorne was a lifelong educator as a Head Start teacher in its first year, a first grade teacher, a college professor, dean and vice president. She led the effort in Alexandria VA to bring in more than the required 10% of children with disabilities to their thriving Head Start program in 1974. She is dedicated to racial equity and restorative justice. She is a graduate of Tufts University, Temple University and the University of Michigan. Her three children each have dedicated their professional careers to helping people as an educator, social worker and attorney. She is currently retired and lives in Portland with her husband, Larry Mohr, Professor Emeritus from the University of Michigan (Go Blue).