Elect Lisa Rivera Smith to Seattle School Board
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About Lisa

Lisa is proud to be running for Seattle School Board Director, Position 2, representing District 2, which covers Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Green Lake and parts of Roosevelt/Ravenna, Northgate, Maple Leaf, and the University District. A proven leader and problem solver, Lisa looks forward to being a Director who listens attentively, acts with purpose and builds the bridges necessary to have a school board that works for everyone. Whether it’s raising her three children, volunteering in the community, or serving on a PTSA board, Lisa is genuine, dedicated and vigilant; qualities she hopes to bring to the Seattle School Board, where she will be a champion for the entire community.


Professional experience

Lisa was the first person in her family to attend college, earning a Bachelors degree in Journalism (News Editorial), and a Minor in Ethics, from California State University, Chico. She served as an editor on the university’s award-winning student newspaper, and was awarded the CSU, Chico Presidential Medal for Contribution to Student Life. After working for the Seattle Times and other papers in California, Lisa has dedicated her time to her family, and a myriad of educational, environmental and social justice causes.

Volunteer experience

Lisa has worked with many community organizations, including:

Hamilton International Middle School PTSA (VP of Communications, Member At Large, President)

Hamilton Green Team (Parent Advisor)

Lincoln High School PTSA (Steering Committee Chair, Co-President)

Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Woodland Park Day Camp (Program Director)

North Seattle Baseball Association (Director of Public Affairs)

Seattle Labor Chorus (member and Secretary)

Seattle Tilth/Tilth Alliance (Gala Auction Committee)

Communities in Schools of Seattle (Event and Stuff the Bus Volunteer)

Explorations in Math/Zeno Math (South Seattle Mathfest Volunteer)

Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ (Member and Secretary)

Justice Leadership Program – Pacific Northwest (Media Volunteer)

Meridian Equity & Inclusion Team (at The Meridian School)

43rd District Democrats (LD Member and Environmental Caucus Member)

Hitting the ground running

Even though Lisa runs unopposed for this position on the Seattle School Board, she is not taking anything for granted. You’ll still find her out in the community, sharing her vision and learning about yours! With your support, Lisa will tackle the big issues in our district – Trust and Transparency among stakeholders; Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gap for students of color and those farthest from educational justice; Investing in our Facilities and Infrastructure; and Improving Outcomes for each and every one of our students. The futures of over 53,000 Seattle students lie in our collective hands, and Lisa looks forward to engaging with parents, teachers, and the students themselves, to envision and implement positive changes for our students and our schools.