Elizabeth M. Yang is a founder and President of WStrong LLC, a strategic business consulting and coaching firm dedicated to solving problems, meeting challenges, and building teams. She is committed to building diversity, coalitions, and bridges, through education, civility, and respect, one step at a time. Elizabeth believes that when we create opportunities to have open conversations, we can see our starting points, discover our commonalities, and begin to work together. A seasoned executive with more than 25 years of management experience, she leads with an eye toward prioritizing individual and institutional well-being and advancement.
Elizabeth excels at creating and fostering local, state, and national relationships and networks. Her career is best seen through the lens of public service and the critical need for access to and equal justice for all members of our society. She is a national expert in election law and is currently a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Election Law, where she has played a pivotal role in the development of the ABA Election Administration Guidelines, including the most recent revision addressing misinformation and disinformation and personal security of election administrators and voters. She is also Chair of the Election Law and Voting Rights Committee of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, where she created the Section’s Defending Democracy initiative to celebrate the work of state and local election administrators as workers on the frontlines of our democracy. She is committed to perfecting democracy, by working to ensure voting rights for all eligible citizens, and defending democracy, through education, civic engagement, and efforts to instill confidence in the integrity of our nation’s electoral process.
Prior to founding WStrong LLC, Elizabeth served as the Deputy Director of the ABA Division for Public Services for over two decades, where her administrative tasks included strategic planning, fund development, board relations, policy development, and staff and program management. She also focused on programming, policy development, and initiatives that highlighted the important role of the legal profession in the fields of election administration and voting rights, bioethics, and disaster response and preparedness. Elizabeth also managed a portfolio of public interest entities related to homelessness and poverty and immigration law. She is an innovative and accomplished author, creator, public speaker, and team builder who believes in mentoring and creating paths of advancement and well-being for her colleagues and associates.
Elizabeth earned her BA in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia and a JD from Syracuse University College of Law.
Elizabeth is a proud first generation Taiwanese American, whose parents came from Chingshui and Taipei. She enjoys working out, traveling, and exploring new cuisines and dining experiences. She currently resides with her family in Northern Virginia.