District 5 (2010-2014)
Serving Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Lake Forest and portions of Costa Mesa.
Elizabeth "Liz" Dorn Parker
Education: B.A. 1981, UCLA
M.P.A 1985, Cal State University, Fullerton
Liz was first elected to the Orange County Board of Education in June, 1982.
Since that time, Liz has worked with both the National and California School Board Associations on several committees and in several leadership capacities. She has served on the Federal Relations Network for the National School Boards Association - working with our nationally elected leaders since 1983. For the California Schools Board she has served on the Finance, Legislative, and Annual Conference Committees. For the California County Boards of Education has served as President, President-elect and Vice-President. She has chaired the annual joint conference committee in 1999. Locally, she was the President of the Orange County School Boards Association--she has also held the offices of Vice President of Programs and President-elect. Elizabeth is a 2002 recipient of the Marian Bergeson Award presented to her by her school board peers for her distinguished service as a member of the Orange County Board of Education.
On the professional side, she currently works for the Orange Coast College Foundation in development, special projects and outreach. Prior to that job she worked in her family’s restaurant and catering company based in Orange. She has worked for many corporations and non-profits as a consultant and is an expert in start-up strategies for new companies and as a turn-around expert for stagnating companies and non-profits.
In addition, Liz had been very involved in local community groups and in the classrooms as a volunteer while her children were young. She has been past president of the youth pony league and on the board of directors for the Newport Harbor High School Foundation as well as on the board for the NHHS Baseball Boosters and NHHS Football Boosters.
Liz is married to Steve (for nearly 30 years) and they have 2 sons. Her eldest graduated from UC Berkeley and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Physics at Princeton University. Her youngest son graduated from San Francisco State University this spring in Philosophy and currently resides in San Francisco preparing for his graduate studies.