Elizabeth Charles
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Position
Business Counselor, Women's Business Center Rio Grande Valley

Elizabeth Charles was born in Brownsville, Texas where she attended her elementary years. She later moved to Houston where she graduated from South Houston High School in 2008. Following high school, Elizabeth went on to graduate cum laude with a double Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Brownsville has been home for a little over a decade, allowing Elizabeth to pursue her career goals while fostering change within the community. Elizabeth is currently the Business Counselor of the Women's Business Center Rio Grande Valley at the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce where she can combine her three passions for women empowerment, small business, and community. Through the WBC-RGV, Elizabeth provides counseling in differentiated sectors and training programs such as the Women Entrepreneurs' Small Business Boot Camp and the Adopt a Startup at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Program. Her prior work experience includes two grant programs, AmeriCorps and SSSP/ASPIRE (Both through the University of Texas at Brownsville), and her most recent career path was with Texas Southmost College as Coordinator of Institutional Advancement.

Besides her work for the Women's Business Center, Elizabeth possesses a strong organizational and community involvement which includes, but is not limited to, participation in the Advisory Board for the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, being a member of the Bienvenidos Committee for the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Brownsville (Class XXXII), Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc., Latinas who Brunch and others. In 2016, Elizabeth was named the RGV Millennial of the Year and in 2018 the LRGV U.S. Small Business Administration's Women's Business Counselor of the Year and has been named by Inspire Magazine as a Woman to Watch. Most recently, Ms. Charles was one of three individuals, and the only Latina, who was able to represent the Rio Grande Valley at the Ph.D. Project Conference for aspiring business professors.