Early Life and Education
Byard was born in the United States. She attended the Milton Academy for high school and Yale University for college where she studied History. Later, she went on to Columbia University to earn her P.h.D. in U.S. History in 2001.
In 2005, Byard took a post-graduate course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and received an Executive Education in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
Byard started working for GLSEN in 2001 and took over as Executive Director in 2008. Her goal in to ensure the non-profit's message teaching children to accept people of all gender identities and sexual orientation.
Eliza Byard has been principally responsible for shepherding GLSEN's signature programs and initiatives, including research, student organizing and GSA support programs, and educator training programs. She also developed GLSEN's national ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign, the first-ever Ad Council campaign on LGBT issues.
Byard has four LinkedIn skills with over 99 endorsements from colleagues in the areas of program development, nonprofits, fundraising, public speaking. In addition, Byard started No Name-Calling Week which the National School Boards Association termed “one of the most used and celebrated bullying-prevention programs in the country”
Byard serves on the Board of Trustees for America’s Promise Alliance, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for Sodexo, the Steering Committee of the National Collaboration for Youth, and the LGBT Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.