Board of Directors

District One

Liza Rankin: District I

Where does Director Rankin Represent?

Director Rankin represents the northernmost part of Seattle.  between Golden Gardens to the west and Magnuson Park to the east. The neighborhoods include North Beach, Northgate, and Lake City. She was elected to a four-year term in the November 2019 general election.

What is Director Rankin dedicated to?

Liza is a former Seattle Public Schools (SPS) student. She is dedicated to improving access for students, particularly those furthest from educational justice, to all the great things the district has to offer. Her priorities include:

  • Special Education and Racial Equity,
  • Advanced and Differentiated Learning;
  • Outdoor and Community Education;
  • Equitable Community Engagement, and
  • Safe, Welcoming, Inclusive Schools.

What are Director Rankin’s experiences?

Before being elected to the school board, she was a volunteer and advocate for public schools and the artsand a scenic designer for theater. She served on the board of her children’s school Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the Seattle Council Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), and an arts organization called SPACE in Magnuson Park. She has walked picket lines with the Seattle Education Association (SEA) and SPS bus drivers; organized advocacy at the school board, city, and state levels to support public school students; and coordinated district-wide efforts to meet the needs of teachers and families.

During her time living in the Boston area and in Brooklyn, NY, she worked as scenic designer, assistant, and scenic painter in Manhattan and the Tri-State area and was a lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theater, and Dance at CUNY: Queens College. Locally, she has worked at Seattle Repertory Theater, Village Theater, and the University of Washington (UW) School of Drama.

What is Director Rankin’s education?

  • Brandeis University with a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Design for Theater.
  • Whitman College with a BA in Theater and a focus on education.

Where is Director Rankin from and where does she live?

Born and raised in Seattle, she lives now in the Lake City area with her husband, two sons who attend SPS, two dogs, cats, and a near-constant stream of foster dogs.

Liza Rankin

School Board Director

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  • Student Services, Curriculum & Instruction Committee, Chair
  • Operations Committee
  • Outdoor and Community Education Task Force
  • 2020-21 Superintendent Remote Learning Task Force
  • Head Start Program Liaison (alternate)
  • WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association)

Schools Represented

District 1 Map

  • Jane Addams Middle School
  • Broadview-Thomson K-8
  • Cedar Park Elementary
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Loyal Heights Elementary
  • Middle College at Northgate
  • North Beach Elementary
  • Northgate Elementary
  • Olympic Hills Elementary
  • John Rogers Elementary
  • Viewlands Elementary
  • Wedgwood Elementary
  • Whitman Middle School
  • Hazel Wolf K-8