Elisabeth Sherwin was for many years a staff writer at the Davis Enterprise newspaper. She joined the International House Davis board in October 2005 and in 2008 she became the executive director.

She received her B.A. degree from Hiram College, Ohio (1971), in European civilization (she spent her junior year abroad in Madrid) and an M.S. degree from Northwestern University (1981) in journalism. She worked as a copy editor at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, the San Francisco Examiner and the Sacramento Bee before joining The Davis Enterprise as a reporter in 1984.

She has earned several journalism awards and also writes a column on books and writers. She was the treasurer and secretary of the Uman (Ukraine)-Davis Sister City Organization, and has traveled to Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. She also is a board member of Sahaya International, a non-profit based in Davis that supports AIDS education efforts in Southern India.

Sherwin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and during high school lived in England for two years with her family.