Liz is an intersectional movement leader and policy advocate with a decade of experience in direct service, development, policy analysis, and community organizing. After working on issues ranging from housing justice to food access, Liz has focused her career on systems reform efforts that improve governmental responses to communities in need. She learned first-hand from her experiences with childhood poverty, discrimination, and her father’s immigration journey that the American Dream is not accessible to all.
Before becoming the founding Director of the Democracy Hub, Liz served as Executive Director at the Tenants Union of Washington State, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on housing justice for renters in Washington State. Liz has degrees in Human Resources Management from Joliet Junior College and African American Studies from Western Illinois University. She earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2017.
At the Hub, Liz is responsible for the development and implementation of all Hub program components. She also facilitates coalition efforts for the Honest Elections Seattle coalition, the intersectional group that campaigned to win the first-in-the-nation Democracy Voucher program in 2015. In 2018, Liz was elected as the policy lead on the steering committee of the Washington Voting Justice Coalition where she is responsible for tracking priority bills, conducting policy research, and promoting shared coalition policy priorities.
The WA Democracy Hub’s Advisory Board is a nine-member team of individuals from all walks of the nonprofit sector with a passion for democracy and a strategic vision for the future. Hailing from climate, labor, housing, immigration, policy, and poverty alleviation, the Hub Advisory Board has served as a critical sounding board and support network in the day-to-day operations of the Hub.
Advisory Board Members
Adam Glickman, SEIU 775
Bereket Kiros, CIRCC
Cara Bilodeau, Win Win Network
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
George Cheung, More Equitable Democracy
Jesse Piedfort, Sierra Club
Jon Devaan, Washington Progress Alliance
Kristin Eberhard, Sightline Institute
Miguel Maestas, El Centro de la Raza
Violet Lavatai, community leader, Got Green / Tenants Union of Washington State