Elizabeth Planet

Executive Director

Child Mind Institute

Elizabeth Planet

Elizabeth Planet is Executive Director of the Child Mind Institute. Elizabeth has more than 15 years of senior management experience in mission-driven organizations. She came to the Child Mind Institute from the American Jewish Committee, where she was responsible for oversight and management of 26 regional offices across the United States. Before joining AJC’s senior staff, she was Vice President and Director of Special Projects at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, where she was responsible for driving the organization’s research and policy recommendations into action in legislatures, state agencies, and public and private institutions around the country. Elizabeth’s work at CASA Columbia included the annual CASA Columbia teen and parent survey on attitudes on substance abuse, an effort to reform Food and Drug Administration regulations relating to abuse of controlled prescription pain killers, depressants and stimulants, and the promotion of policies in state governments to more effectively address prevention and treatment of addiction among women and girls. Elizabeth developed CASA Columbia’s Model Bill of Rights for Children in Juvenile Justice Systems and served on New York Gov. Paterson’s Juvenile Justice Task Force Panel of Experts. She has been quoted in national and local media outlets across the country on the subjects of teen substance abuse and parental involvement with their children and has made numerous appearances on network and local television and radio programs. She was formerly a practicing attorney at the New York law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, specializing in corporate transactions and advising clients in all aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions.

She earned her JD degree from Columbia University and her BA from Yale University.