Board of Directors

District 2

Lisa Rivera Smith: District 2 School Board Director

Lisa Rivera Smith smiles for a photo
Director Rivera Smith

Director 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.

She was elected to a four-year term in the November 2019 general election.

Committee and Liaison Assignments

  • Ad Hoc Policy Manual Review Committee
  • BEX and BTA Capital Programs Oversight Committee Liaison
  • Head Start Program Liaison
  • Capital Change Order Review Liaison

Schools Represented

  • North Beach Elementary
  • Loyal Heights Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary
  • Adams Elementary
  • West Woodland Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Lawton Elementary
  • Daniel Bagley Elementary
  • Green Lake Elementary
  • Magnolia Elementary
  • McDonald International Elementary
  • Licton Springs K-8
  • Salmon Bay K-8
  • Catharine Blaine K-8
  • Ballard High School

Community Meetings

About Lisa Rivera Smith

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 many years as an advocate for progressive causes, and as a volunteer for educational, environmental and service organizations. 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
  • Environment and Climate Caucus of the Washington State Democrats
  • New Dawn Guatemala

Contact Director Rivera Smith

Lisa welcomes your emails, phone calls, texts and social media messages.

Be well, stay strong and keep in touch!

Lisa Rivera Smith
School Board Director

• Phone or text message at 206-475-1817
• Email at
• Facebook at

Please be aware that written communications sent to Board Directors, including emails sent to this email address, are potentially subject to public disclosure, in whole or in part, pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.