Dr. Elizabeth Prescott, chief of staff for the Fred Hutch Director’s Office, facilitates information flow and decision-making through collaboration with both administrative and scientific partners throughout the Hutch. She also participates in the development of strategies and processes to advance key initiatives.
Working in support of scientific research at Fred Hutch “is the perfect gig,” said Prescott, a former scientist who first came to the Hutch in 2008 to work on the Philanthropy Department’s Foundation Relations team. “I get a bird’s eye view of many new discoveries every day, while also working with brilliant and dedicated scientists and administrators to create the best possible environment to enable those discoveries.”
Prior to starting this role in January 2022, Prescott was the executive director of institutional giving in Fred Hutch Philanthropy. As a fundraiser, she collaborated closely with scientific and administrative partners, and she led the development of significant new programmatic activities to facilitate access to and reporting of philanthropic grants at the Hutch. During much of 2020, Prescott was also chief of staff for the Hutch’s COVID-19 research programs, supporting the launch of several key operational and fundraising initiatives.
Prescott transitioned into a career in support of science following postdoctoral research in cellular neuroscience and a PhD in cell biology from University of California, San Francisco. She’s been in love with science since high school.