Elizabeth Howton is the senior communications officer for the Poverty & Equity Global Practice. Previously, she worked with the infoDev program, which helps start-up entrepreneurs in developing countries grow their businesses. Before that, she was the World Bank Group's Global Web Editor, responsible for the homepage, the Voices blog, and shaping the Bank's online presence. She joined the Bank in 2012 as Online Communications Officer for the South Asia Region. Her experience prior to the Bank includes 10 years as an editor at the San Jose Mercury News in California’s Silicon Valley. As Science and Health Editor, she sent reporters to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami’s aftermath and to India to report on microbicides for HIV prevention, as well as editing a series on genetic medicine that the newspaper nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. After making the switch to online media, Howton became Managing Editor of EverydayHealth.com, the largest consumer-health website. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from George Washington University.