Liza is a community organizer, public school advocate, and artist living in Seattle with her husband, two sons, three cats, the greatest husky/terrier mix on the planet, and a rotating cast of foster dogs. Aside from the care and feeding of mammals, she spends the bulk of her time following news and issues in Seattle Public Schools (and public schools nationally), avoiding laundry, serving on the PTA of her boys’ school and on the board of the Seattle Council PTSA, the advisory board at Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange at Magnuson Park, and other community activities and causes.
A true Washingtonian, Liza was born and raised in Seattle and earned a BA in Theater from Whitman College in Walla Walla. She worked locally as a scenic artist (Seattle Rep, Empty Space, UW, Village Theater) for a few years before splitting for the East Coast to pursue a graduate degree. Immediately following completion of her MFA in Theater Design at Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 2007, she exhibited her work at "Clambake" – designer Ming Cho Lee's select, by invitation, portfolio review at Lincoln Center – then settled in New York City and enjoyed steady work as a set designer, assistant designer, and scenic artist in New York and New England while also teaching design and painting as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY: Queens College.
She is so pleased to be raising a family in Seattle, and to work alongside incredible people who are committed to making her hometown the best it can be for all - a city where the arts, education, and equity thrive.