Elizabeth Uriyo

Senior Vice President of the Global Leadership Office
Elizabeth Uriyo

Elizabeth joined Compassion in March of 2017 and throughout that time she has proven to be a passionate child advocate and strong, Christ-centered leader who successfully collaborates cross-functionally with deep operational insight and foresight. These are invaluable skills to bring, as she will now be overseeing GLO's many efforts to lead and operationalize enterprise-wide priorities on my behalf.

Elizabeth also brings 20 years of experience to this role in the areas of strategic innovation, cost optimization, program management, financial execution and cross-functional administration. Prior to joining Compassion, she led diverse high-performing teams of designers and inventors in Kellogg Company's Research, Quality and Technology function to translate consumer insights into multimillion-dollar solutions that drove revenue growth and profitability. She also served as Vice President of Research and Development at Cargill Company and as a Research and Development Principal at Ota-na, LLC. Additionally, her passion for serving others through individualized coaching and leadership development inspired her to spearhead a personal practice (Uriyo Consulting, LLC) that supported the growth of a start-up in Tanzania. Over a 10-year period, those efforts expanded into a multimillion-dollar business.

Elizabeth was born in Tanzania and spent much of her childhood in Nigeria, a multicultural upbringing that helped her understand international diversity. It was also in Nigeria where she witnessed and supported her mother's involvement with several charitable organizations that cared for motherless babies and disabled children. This experience greatly influenced her own desire to help marginalized children.

Elizabeth holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, a Ph.D. and M.S. in Grain Science and Industry from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Food for Business and Industry from Marymount College in New York. She speaks fluent Swahili and is married to Osborn, who is a native of Kenya. They have three teenagers: daughter Imani and sons Micah and Lucas. Elizabeth feels her true resume would not be complete without noting her immense joy in serving her own children as a driver, housekeeper, tutor, arbitrator, event planner, ATM, cheerleader, counselor and friend.