Director of Public Policy
Liza brings nearly a decade of experience at HIAS, a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. Her tenure at HIAS spanned public affairs, advocacy, community engagement, and fundraising. She spearheaded the organization’s public education on issues related to immigration, asylum, and refugee policy issues, managing key relationships and partnerships on Capitol Hill and in various government agencies including the Departments of State and Homeland Security. She also coordinated HIAS’ role at key policy coalitions such as Refugee Council USA, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, and “We Were Strangers, Too: The Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform.” Before joining HIAS, Liza supported the energy law team at a Minneapolis-based law firm, worked with the development team at Women for Women International, and taught English through the Chilean Ministry of Education’s Inglés Abre Puertas program. Liza is a proud volunteer counselor with Crisis Text Line and holds a degree in International Relations from American University.