Liz Thorne, MPH

Liz is passionate about creating places where young people are connected by pushing education, health and youth-serving systems to transform their work. Liz approaches working with clients and communities with the values of: integrity, empathy, building on strengths, and openness to new ideas and perspectives.

Liz received her Masters in Public Health from Portland State University. She has held previous positions at Portland State University, Regional Research Institute and the Oregon Public Health Division, Adolescent and School Health Program. Her career has been dedicated to supporting the health and education of young people through research, policy and partnerships. All of her work is grounded in building youth-adult partnerships so young people are engaged in the policies, systems and decisions that impact their lives.

Liz holds volunteer positions at the local, district and state levels. She currently chairs the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition, a statewide group of individuals and organizations working at the intersection of health and education. She also sits on the Governor-appointed Oregon Youth Development Council, is a member of Portland Public Schools District Wellness Advisory Council, and serves as a parent representative on the Faubion Elementary/3toPhD Leadership Council. Liz also serves as a volunteer yoga instructor with Living Yoga, bringing trauma-informed yoga practice to young people in Juvenile Detention facilities.

Liz lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two children and two dogs.