About Liz

Elizabeth (Liz) Walters, was appointed At-Large to Summit County Council in February of 2016 and was elected by the residents of Summit County to fill the duration of the term in November of that year. On Council she is the Chair of the Personnel Committee and is Vice Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee. In her two years on council, she has been active on many issues. She serves as a liaison to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion and served on the Summit County Planning Commission. She has also been active on issues of economic innovation, Welcoming Communities, local food access, gun violence prevention in our schools, and human trafficking prevention.

In September of 2016, I introduced and passed a Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (169.22(n)) for Summit County employees to support this effort. The bill passed unanimously with bi-partisan support. The first Ohio County to pass such legislation, Summit County is providing six weeks of paid parental leave to employees immediately following the birth or adoption of a child. Paid parental leave is good economic policy, good workforce policy, and good family policy.

Born and raised here in Northeast Ohio, Liz has been a resident of Summit County for most of her life. For the last ten years, Liz has worked for organizations that seek to improve the lives of middle-class families. She has worked for local non-profits, alongside the men and women of organized labor, led Democratic campaigns and organizations, and served as a senior aide to Congresswoman Betty Sutton in Ohio’s 13thCongressional District for several years.

 Liz has spent her career working on behalf of organizations and people who support progressive values.  She has directed large and diverse teams, managed multi-million dollar budgets, built diverse and effective coalitions – skills that enable her to be an effective and efficient leader on Council.

Crediting her start in public service to Girl Scouts, where she worked in the outdoor program department before working as Legislative Intern for the Girl Scouts of the USA in D.C. after graduating from college. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and has been active with the organization as a member, employee, or volunteer since the age of five. 

She is a member of the Summit County Catholic Commission, serves on the advisory group for the United Way’s Financial Empowerment Centers, and is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Outside of elected office she Liz served as the Director of Community Outreach at the International Institute of Akron, Ohio’s largest Refugee Resettlement agency where she led fundraising and communication efforts, including an aggressive local and national media outreach program in response to changing federal rules. Today, Liz continues her work in philanthropy with the Morino Institute in Rocky River.

Liz is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and earned a B.A. in History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and her Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She resides in Highland Square with her rescue dog, Beatrice.