Lizzy’s passion for social justice began when she attended her first city council meeting at the age of 5, protesting the destruction of homes in a historically Black neighborhood to build an interstate bridge. She believes in an intersectional approach to social justice issues and utilizes trauma-informed care in as many aspects of her life as possible. With the privilege to study and work abroad, Lizzy has developed a positive sexuality course for youth in Curacao, taught in their primary language of Papiamentu. She has also been able to work with a women’s law group in Benin fighting domestic violence cases, and worked for a nonprofit in Amsterdam advocating for sex workers’ rights. In Los Angeles, she spent five years as a counselor for a domestic violence shelter before working as a case manager for formerly incarcerated youth at a local high school.
Lizzy is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and has lived in Los Angeles for about seven years. She graduated from Earlham College with a Bachelor’s in Comparative Languages and Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She just graduated from Pacific Oaks College with her Master’s in Advocacy and Social Justice, with a concentration in legal studies and policy where she wrote her graduated thesis critiquing the state’s special education services for incarcerated Black girls in Los Angeles County and developing a policy proposal for improvements. She also completed her graduate fieldwork project of developing a trauma-informed and culturally competent guide for students accessing special education services in Los Angeles Unified School District and Pasadena Unified School District.