Elizabeth L. Lawson

Chief of Governance Officer &
    Principal JSA/JLab Liaison


Elizabeth Lawson is the Chief Governance Officer and Principal JSA/JLab Liaison for SURA.  She has been elected by the Board of Trustees as the Corporate Secretary and the JSA Board of Directors as Secretary.  She is responsible for formulating protocols and instituting systems to support the governance structures of SURA and JSA, advising the Boards on governance matters; acting as the primary liaison between the SURA and JSA boards and management; and, ongoing assessment of governance strategies and implementation of best practices.  Ms. Lawson also oversees the management and operations of the SURA Residence Facility, a 42-room guest house on the Jefferson Lab campus.

After a decade with the City of Newport News in the Library and Information Services Department where she was a member of the team that implemented the public library's first automated system, she joined the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), now Jefferson Lab, in 1985.  Prior to joining the SURA corporate staff in early 1999, her experience at the Lab included administrative and management roles in human resources, procurement and contracting, and administrative services.  She was an administrative officer to the Laboratory Director and to the Associate Director for Administration.

Ms. Lawson received the Secretary of the Department of Energy’s Gold Award for work on the DOE Quality Council and received the Secretary’s award for distinguished service as a founding member of the DOE Quality Awards Program.

Ms. Lawson is a summa cum laude graduate of Christopher Newport College and is a Masters in Public Administration honors graduate from The George Washington University.  She also holds a masters certificate in Government Contracting from the GWU School of Government and Business Administration.

Ms. Lawson is a resident of Mathews County, Virginia, married to retired Newport News firefighter, Richard, and has two grown sons, Michael and Justin, and a grandson, Lucas.  She is a late-in-life runner and has run hundreds of road races and several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

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