Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten

Washington, DC

Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten is an urban planning and preservation strategist with over 13 years of experience working with civic leaders to deliver context-sensitive design and development solution through trainings and tailored programs that help support transformational projects and provide for long-term solutions. Elizabeth is Founder & Principal of Context Ventures, an advisory and project management firm based in Washington, DC that specializes in helping municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropies initiate, develop, and implement sustainable strategies for projects and programs supporting their communities. Elizabeth is also Associate Director of City Partnerships at KaBOOM!, where she is responsible for strategic engagement and public-private partnership development in U.S. cities with the goal toward providing safe, healthy, and engaging play opportunities for all kids, especially those living in poverty.

Prior to starting Context Ventures and her work at KaBOOM!, Elizabeth was the Director of the Center for Design & the City and Lead Program Director at the American Architectural Foundation. During 2008-2017, she worked with over 100 municipalities and their public and private sector leaders to solve their communities’ most critical urban and regional design challenges through four national technical assistance and leadership development initiatives that she developed; the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design Alumni Technical Assistance Program, Civic Leadership Design Forum (the National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility, the National Urban Ecosystems Forum), and the City Managers’ Design Academy. Additionally, she honed facilitation, engagement, project management, and partnership development skills through her early work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.