Elizabeth Franklin

Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW

Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute

Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW, is Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) where she is responsible for all aspects of the CPI including legislative, regulatory, policy, and research priorities as well as operations, fundraising, and management. Elizabeth was formerly Director of Policy and Engagement at the George Washington University Cancer Institute where she worked at both the macro level, developing and implementing the Institute’s policy agenda, and at the micro level, working with the patient-centered care team to ensure that all patients had access to high-quality, timely cancer care. Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers.

Elizabeth is a recognized author and speaker. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Cancer Education, Journal of Patient Experience, Journal of Clinical Pathways, Health and Social Work, and Value in Health. She has co-authored two books on non-profit leadership and co-edited two social work texts. In addition, she is a member of various organizations and coalitions, including the Association of Oncology Social Work (where she serves on the advocacy committee), Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (where she serves on the Leadership Council and as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee), and the Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Cancer Care (where she serves as co-chair). 

Elizabeth earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she focused her dissertation on the ways in which patients define value in the cancer care system and how those definitions can be incorporated into public policy and clinical practice. Elizabeth obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.