Senior Policy Advisor


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Liz Smith Currie (portrait)

Liz Smith Currie graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in politics before receiving a master’s degree in teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Liz began her career as staff member of then-U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and legislative staff to then-U.S. Rep. Al Swift. After four years in Washington, D.C., Liz taught high school social studies at Beaverton High School before joining the nonprofit child advocacy organizations Children First for Oregon and the Oregon School-Based Health Care Network as policy director.

In 2010, Liz joined Multnomah County as a policy advisor to then-Commissioner Deborah Kafoury. There, she worked vigorously to serve District 1, participating actively in policy issues including the replacement of the Sellwood Bridge, healthcare, land use and transportation. Liz has continued serving Chair Kafoury and is currently Senior Policy Advisor working on construction- and facility-related projects, libraries, health centers, and land use and transportation issues. 

“It’s thrilling to work for Chair Kafoury on my personal and professional passion — building a healthy community,” Liz says.

Liz lives in Portland with her husband Chuck and their twin daughters, Frances and Katherine, two cats, a Boston terrier and a parrot.