Effective Jan. 21, Liz Walters will become the executive director for the Ohio Democratic Party.
"As a Congressional staffer, deputy field director in the fight against Senate Bill 5, and political director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Liz has shown time and again that she has both the experience and background to lead the largest state party in the nation," said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern Jan. 6. "Without a doubt, Liz will serve as an aggressive advocate for the middle class, seniors, and women throughout our state as we work to hold Gov. John Kasich and the rest of the Republican ticket accountable in 2014."
Walters hails from Silver Lake and is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, earning a bachelor's degree in history from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. In 2008, she completed a master's degree in public administration at Cleveland State University.
After years of volunteering on political campaigns, Walters joined Obama's Campaign for Change in Ohio as a field organizer. Following the 2008 cycle, she went to work for her hometown Congresswoman, Betty Sutton, eventually serving as district director for the 13th Congressional District. She took a break from the Congresswoman's office during the 2010 cycle, serving as a regional GOTV Lead for the Ohio Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.
Walters joined the Ohio Democratic Party as political director in November 2011. Prior to joining ODP, she served as the deputy field director for Northeast Ohio for the We Are Ohio campaign that defeated Senate Bill 5 -- Issue 2 -- by more than a 20 percent margin. In 2012, Walters was part of the team that helped secure Sen. Sherrod Brown's re-election, and Democratic wins up and down the ballot.
"Liz brings outstanding energy and experience to this role, and our campaign is excited to continue to be able to work so closely with what is hands down the strongest state party in the country, holding Gov. Kasich accountable and building a foundation to win in November," said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.