Beth Ellen Cole

Title Trauma-Informed Consultant
Education B.A., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Inspiration “I love to help people every day.For me that means helping people lead better lives by building their own capacity to deal with stress, burnout, and trauma.”

As a trauma-informed and organizational consultant, Beth Cole provides leadership expertise to Greenleaf clients operating in conflict areas as well as equips them with proven crisis and disaster response capabilities. Beth’s work focuses on the effects of stress, trauma, and PTSD on all responders to complex emergencies, including the military and the civilian workforce. She currently serves on the National Disaster Response Working Group of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Beth first collaborated with Greenleaf Integrative while with USAID. Agency for International Development (USAID) by supporting interagency senior officials who tested, advised, and validated an unprecedented study: Stress and Resilience Issues Affecting USAID Personnel in High Operational Stress Environments. Greenleaf conducted and produced this study at the request of USAID.

For nearly a decade, Beth worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace to safeguard both civilian and military responders alike, in addition to their beneficiaries. She also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

Beth brings experience working with members of Congress, leaders of government and international institutions, senior military officials, heads of non-governmental organizations, and their staffs to create policy, structures, tools, education, and training that effectively address complex crises.

Given her appointment to a senior position at USAID, Beth served as a member of the Ebola, Syria, and Sahel Task Forces. In this role, she served to elevate relationships between USAID and the Department of Defense, resulting in the cooperation critical for success.

Beth is a former adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a former Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Peace Operations Policy Program. She has lectured and published widely and is currently writing a book on the U.S. State Department and USAID in the world’s danger zones.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. She also has a certificate in somatic coaching from the Strozzi Institute, a certificate in trauma resolution from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and a certificate in international organizational studies from Kent State University.

What inspires Beth? “I love to help people every day. For me now that means helping people lead better lives by building their own capacity to deal with stress, burnout, and trauma.”

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