Liz earned her BA from Washington & Lee University in VA in Philosophy with concentrations in Political Science, Buddhist Studies, and Russian Studies. She then completed her MA at NC State and finally her PhD in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.
The first part of Liz’s career was spent in higher education, serving as the Director of the campus Women’s Center at The University of Scranton where she also taught in the philosophy, sociology, and Women’s Studies departments. She later served as Director of Civic Engagement before leaving the university for politics.
In 2007, Liz became the campaign manager for the Democratic team running for Lackawanna County Commissioners. Post-election, she was appointed county Chief of Staff where she managed approximately 1600 employees, 60 departments, oversaw 9 labor contract negotiations and an $85 million county budget.
Liz was then recruited to serve as Policy Director at Pennsylvania Treasury, advising and briefing Treasurer Rob McCord on statewide policy issues. While at Treasury, she also directed the Women & Money Project, an umbrella program that focused on increasing economic security for women throughout the Commonwealth.
In 2011, Liz ran for election herself, mounting a primary campaign for Lackawanna County Commissioner. Although she did not win, her loss by 403 votes to the incumbent was a much-noted near upset. Currently, Liz serves as the statewide campaign manager for Kathleen Kane, the first woman to run on a major party ticket for the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General.
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