As a former educator, non-profit leader, healthcare advocate and current County Commissioner, Liz Stefanics fights for what’s important to New Mexico's families.

Liz was raised in a working-class family who impressed upon her the value of hard work, education and service to others.

Liz’ father is a WWII veteran and was a blue-collar airplane mechanic; her mother worked in the home raising the kids. Her parents saved and sent her and her brothers to Catholic schools because they believed a strong education would guarantee opportunity. 

Over 30 years ago, Liz moved to New Mexico to teach at UNM. Later, she ran a non-profit organization to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled. Liz is a Santa Fe County Commissioner and previously served in the legislature representing the families of Senate District 39. 

Liz’ Record of Service

■  Santa Fe County Commissioner, 2009–2016
■  NM State Senator District 39, 1993–1996
■  NM Human Services Department, 2003–2005
■  State of NM Risk Management, 2006–2007
■  NM Health Policy Commission, 2007–2009
■  Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, Center for Health Policy UNM, 2009–current
■  National Government Relations, American Cancer Society, 2001–2003
■  Executive Director, Open Hands, 1989–1993; 1994–2001
■  Executive Director, NM AIDS Services, 1987–1989
■  Assistant Professor, UNM and Ohio State University, 1976–1985
■  Professional Mediation, The Mediation Academy International
■  PH.D. - University of Minnesota
■  MS - University of Wisconsin, Madison
■  BS - Eastern Kentucky University