Liz Pazdral was recruited by the SILC away from the Independent Living (IL) Unit of the California State Department of Rehabilitation. Extremely knowledgeable about the IL movement from many perspectives, she had worked 13 years at IL Centers in California and Canada including 4 years as an Executive Director. Liz started her disability rights career in the 1980's, featured in an Emmy-Award winning documentary. In 1995 she testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability policy regarding the employment provisions of the ADA. Her career has highlighted disability rights issues regarding employment, the ADA, earthquake response, and women's health. Currently she mentors a teenager with a disability, serves on the Office of Disability and Health Steering Committee, the blue ribbon advisory committee for the Center for Personal Assistance Services at UCSF and on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Women. Liz lives near Sacramento with her husband and daughter.