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Liz Hawisher received her BA in Social Science and Political Science in 2007 from Azusa Pacific University. While in college, between 2003 and 2006, Liz worked for Disneyland until she left to go on her first mission trip to Providence Children’s Home, an AIDS orphanage in Ngong, Kenya. Since then, she has returned to Providence Children’s home three times. Her experience in Kenya motivated Liz to pursue multiple opportunities to engage in ministry. Starting in 2006, Liz began volunteering in Pomona Hope’s one-on-one tutoring/mentoring program. After college, Liz became a substitute teacher and in-home tutor under the No Child Left Behind Act. During this time, Liz also received additional training in community organizing from OneLA in Los Angeles, CA. After a year of working as a tutor/teacher, Liz went Claremont Graduate University to earn her MA in Public Policy, with emphases in Local Economic Development and Nonprofit Leadership & Management. She has written, received and managed grants worth over $100,000 during her internship with the Public Works Department in the City of Sierra Madre. Her involvement with Pomona Hope has increased and evolved over the years; after beginning to volunteer once weekly, Liz joined the LaVerne Heights Presbyterian Church’s ministry group, responsible for volunteer appreciation and the annual fundraiser dinner. Soon thereafter, she became the volunteer coordinator for Pomona Hope to her church. This position has given her continued experience in volunteer coordination and training, intensive mentoring of at-risk youth, leadership development, event coordination and fundraising. Liz joined the Pomona Hope staff as the Kids Coordinator in 2012.

Liz Hawisher