Liz Ross has dedicated her career to advancing good policy that ensures all children have access to a quality education. At HCM Strategists, she combines her policy expertise with her passion for helping others to assist the firm’s K-12 education clients with strategic policy and message development.
Liz’s early work with autistic children sparked her interest in special education and the need to help students with disabilities achieve educational success. Her interest centered on the thought patterns of individuals with autism, how they interpret the world, and the ability of educators to help them succeed in today’s society. She earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, focusing her studies on K-12 special education teaching. She remained at James Madison for graduate school, earning a master’s degree in education with a focus on approaches to creating safe and connected schools.
Liz share’s HCM’s mission of advancing positive change by forging the alliances necessary to find common ground. After graduate school she joined the National Association of State Boards of Education, where she managed regional conferences on the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and assessments. She also provided technical assistance to states across the country to align educator effectiveness initiatives with their college and career readiness agendas.
Prior to joining HCM, Liz worked for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, where she collaborated with chapter leaders to build the advocacy, communications and organizational capacity of state chapters. She led the association’s participation in a network of seventeen national organizations established to provide thought leadership to states striving to improve educator preparation for classroom teaching. Liz also served as the association’s liaison to the University of Florida’s CEEDAR Center, which collaborates with national organizations to align teacher education systems to ensure that individuals with disabilities can meet college and career readiness standards.
A lifelong Virginian, she resides in Arlington where she enjoys hiking and traveling. She combines her passion for helping others with her love of ice skating as a coach for the Nova Cool Cats, an ice hockey team for individuals with disabilities.