Elizabeth (Betsy) McKnight


Town: Rumson

Joined Impact: 2016

Impact Roles: Advisory Group

Betsy McKnight moved to Rumson eight years ago, but has been connected with Monmouth County since birth. Born in Fair Haven, her family lived in the United Kingdom as well as in several states due to her father’s work with the US Navy. She settled back in Spring Lake in time for high school. Betsy then attended Hamilton College graduating in 1992 with a degree in History. Her first job was in communications at Family & Children’s Services in Long Branch.

After moving to New York City she spent a number of years working in nonprofit communications, including at International House; health care public relations, including working at Edelman PR, and eventually found her niche in nonprofit fundraising. Betsy’s last position was fundraising for National Academy Foundation, which supports career-themed academies in public high schools.

After meeting and marrying her husband Jim, they relocated to Atlantic Highlands and started a family. Betsy and Jim have two elementary school-age children, Katherine and Thomas. In addition to staying at home with her children, Betsy serves as the Nonprofit Coordinator in the Grants Committee for the past five years and also is a member of the Impact 100 Jersey Shore Advisory Group, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also served on the Executive Board of the Newcomers Club of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Shrewsbury.

She stays active playing tennis, paddle, pickle ball and sailboat racing locally. Betsy is thrilled to use the skills honed throughout her career to be of service to the nonprofits in her community.