Elizabeth (Beth) Rossman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She inherited her love of being on the water from her dad and she and her family spent a great deal of time during her childhood boating, fishing, and crabbing all along the Chesapeake Bay and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Beth became a volunteer with CRAB in late 2020. She believed strongly in the mission of CRAB from the outset – the therapeutic value of being on the water for anyone with a disability, recovering warriors, and youth from at-risk communities. She was able to meet several CRAB guests in her time as a volunteer and to join one guest on a beautiful sail. The guest’s smiles said it all to Beth. She knew she wanted to “volunteer” with an organization during her retirement and quickly realized that CRAB was the perfect fit!
Before her retirement in October 2019, Beth enjoyed a 35-year career in both the government and private sectors in Washington, DC. She spent the first 20 years of her professional life in the Federal Government, the majority of which was serving in the White House Office of Management and Budget. She worked for Administrations of both political parties and advised the OMB Directors and other senior White House policy officials on all aspects of the legislative process as it pertained to the President’s Budget, including relevant authorization legislation and all appropriations/funding measures. Beth represented Administration policy, on behalf of myriad OMB Directors, to Members of Congress and their staff. Beth is very proud of her career as a public servant. After retiring from the Government, she went to work for Honeywell International as Vice President of Global Government Relations for Honeywell Aerospace. There she led a global team whose primary goal was to support Honeywell business leaders throughout the defense, energy, space and civil aviation business segments. Beth and her team worked with the US Departments of Defense, Energy, and Transportation; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the White House, US Congress and key Congressional Committees; and embassies and other international representatives on a daily basis. She was able to travel extensively supporting a great company.
Beth also serves on the Board of the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO), the largest aviation charity event in Washington, DC. She is also very involved in supporting Suited for Change, a Washington, DC, non-profit organization that equips women in need in the community on their path to financial independence by providing them with professional attire, coaching, and skills training.
Beth has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). She has served on the Board of Visitors for GSPIA for the past nine years.
Beth currently resides in Arlington, Virginia. She is very excited to serve on the CRAB Board!