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Eliza Spencer, MBA, MPA, PMP

I like to make things out of nothing: my happy place is working with a blank slate or white space and I thrive when creativity is encouraged. I get excited about innovation events, building something from the ground up, and naming/branding products and services! 

I started Elmhaven Consulting to be able to better focus on clients, provide the highest-level of support possible, and to allow my entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. I have 15 years of experience in project and program management leading diverse teams on contracts across the public, private, and non-profit sectors.​


In the Federal space, I've performed portfolio management of multiple IDIQ task orders including supervising team members, subcontractors and 1099 staff, managing the budget lifecycle, program evaluation, and reporting milestones, and key performance indicators for multi-million-dollar contracts. Experience with human-centered design, innovation life cycle, IT project management, communications strategy, event/conference management, and process improvement implementation for large Federal agencies. Adept at acclimating to new environments and subject matters, quickly getting up to speed, and building relationships with clients and team members.

Recent Experience


Elmhaven Consulting LLC

Lead independent work supporting Federal consulting and non-profit clients. Federal clients include Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Women's Health program office; Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information and Technology (OIT); and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Records Management


Enterprise Resource Performance, Inc. (ERPi)

Led Federal white space business development efforts in the Department of Defense (DoD) including market sensing, pipeline building, leveraging SMEs, writing RFIs and leading capture and proposal efforts. Mentored junior staff, cultivated stakeholder relationships, oversaw budgets and deliverables, and supported business development efforts. Managed a diverse project portfolio in DoD and VA ranging from healthcare innovation/process improvement implementation to mental health/suicide and sexual assault prevention.


Grant Thornton LLC

Participated in multiple, concurrent Federal client projects. Managed a $1.6M contract with little oversight; closed the contract with 18% profit. Responsibilities included overseeing subcontractors and working with A/P to ensure proper government invoicing and payment to subcontractors. Supported business development efforts in tandem with client delivery. 



Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Treasurer, Maxwell Women's Caucus


Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Whitman School of Management Alumni Award

President, Whitman Women in Business

Officer, SU Toastmasters


University at Buffalo

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre

Music and Italian minors

Phi Beta Kappa, Rho Lamda Honor Society

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