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