Board of Directors

District Two

Lisa Rivera-Smith: District 2

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About Lisa Rivera-Smith (she/her; Chicana/Mexican American)

Director Lisa Rivera-Smith proudly represents District 2 on the Seattle School Board. District 2 includes the Wallingford, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood and Maple Leaf neighborhoods.

Originally from central California, Lisa attended California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelors degree in Journalism (News Editorial), and a Minor in Ethics. While there, she served as an editor on the university’s award-winning newspaper, and when she graduated, she was awarded the CSU, Chico Presidential Medal for Contribution to Student Life.

Lisa came to Seattle in 2000 to become The Seattle Times’ first ever 3-year Editorial Intern. While there, she joined fellow Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild union members from the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a 49-day strike against both papers. She continues to be a strong supporter of unions and workers.

A wife and mother of three, Lisa has spent years as a volunteer and advocate, dedicating her time to family, community, and many of educational, environmental and social justice causes. These have included:

• Hamilton International Middle School PTSA (President and VP of Communications)
• Lincoln High School PTSA (founder and Co-President)
• Community for Youth
• Communities in Schools of Seattle
• Seattle Labor Chorus
• Girl Scouts of Western Washington – Woodland Park Day Camp
• 43rd LD Environmental Caucus
• Bernie Sanders Delegate to the 2020 National Democratic Convention

Lisa welcomes your emails, phone calls, texts and social media messages. She can be reached:

• by phone or text message at 206-475-1817
• by email at
• on Facebook at

Be well, stay strong and keep in touch!

Lisa Rivera Smith smiles for a photo

Lisa Rivera-Smith

School Board Director

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  • Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
  • Operations Committee
  • BEX and BTA Capital Programs Oversight Committee Liaison 
  • Head Start Program Liaison
  • Capital Change Order Review Liaison

Schools Represented

District 2 Map

  • Daniel Bagley Elementary
  • B.F. Day Elementary
  • Cascadia Elementary
  • Eagle Staff Middle School
  • Green Lake Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Hamilton International Middle School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Licton Springs K-8
  • McDonald Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary
  • Sacajawea Elementary
  • John Stanford International Elementary School
  • Whittier Elementary