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Meet Elizabeth

A former Obama Administration official, Elizabeth has a long history of public service, including leadership positions in park, recreation, and environmental policy issues. In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown first appointed her to serve as Director of the Public Advocates Office.  In this role, she joined a team of senior environmental advisors in combatting climate change and preserving the natural environment for generations to come.  Most recently, her policy work has primarily focused on wildfire prevention and mitigation.  Her expertise on environmental policy and wildfire safety issues provides a valuable perspective as the East Bay Parks Board continues to plan for the impacts of climate change.

Elizabeth previously served as Director of the U.S. Green Building Council for Northern California (USGBC) where she worked with legislators, labor, industry, and environmental groups across the state to pass legislation to protect our environment and create green jobs.  She also founded USGBC California to influence state legislation and regulations by bringing together the eight USGBC chapters in California to speak with one voice in Sacramento.

In a volunteer capacity, Elizabeth serves as a Commissioner on the City of Berkeley Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission. Their mission is to achieve equity in policies, programs, activities, and funding associated with youth, family, recreation, and education programs. She volunteers weekly in the Berkeley Public Schools helping children learn to read and is an active member of the Parent Teacher Association.  She is a longtime elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. Elizabeth met her husband on a Sierra Club hike in Tilden Park. They live in Berkeley with their daughter and regularly enjoy the East Bay Parks.


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