Senior Policy Advisor


Liz Smith Currie

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, DC, Liz taught high school social studies at Beaverton High School before joining the non-profit 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, health care, land use and transportation.

“It’s thrilling to work for Chair Kafoury on the issues that have been my personal and professional passion-- building a healthy community and supporting vulnerable families,” Liz says.

Liz lives in Portland with her husband Chuck and their twin daughters, Frances and Katherine, two cats and a parrot. As a senior policy advisor, Liz continues to support Chair Kafoury’s mission to maintain safety, growth and prosperity in Multnomah County.