Elizabeth Greene Gardiner was a social worker and professor. She served as a nurse's aide with the Italian Red Cross in Imola, Italy (1915-1916) and with the British Expeditionary Force in France (1917-1919). She was involved in medical social work on Ellis Island (1919-1922) and at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (1926-1928). From 1928 to 1938 she was assistant professor at the University of Minnesota; during 1931 she served as exchange lecturer at the University of Liverpool, England. She also served as a consultant for the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness (1939-1942), an analyst of convalescent homes for the Committee on Convalescent Care Practice, New York City (1942-1943), and as a Welfare Officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Egypt, Italy and Germany (1944-1946); also intermittently for the Citizen's Committee
on Displaced Persons, New York City, the American Committee for Emigre Scholars, Writers and Artists, New York City, and the Travelers Aid Society, Nashville, Tennessee. Gardiner received her academic training at Simmons College School of Social Work, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. She was involved in numerous professional organizations, and visited many social, health, and educational agencies in Europe and Asia.