Representative
Liz Snyder



Email: Representative.Liz.Snyder@akleg.gov
District: 27
Party: Democrat
Toll-Free: 888-478-3438


Session Contact
State Capitol Room 421
Juneau AK, 99801
Phone: 907-465-3438
Fax:
Interim Contact
1500 W. Benson Blvd.
Anchorage AK, 99503
Phone: 907-269-0100
Fax: 907-269-0105

Dr. Liz Snyder and her husband made East Anchorage their home in 2010, soon after Liz was hired as a professor of Public Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Together they are raising two young sons, who are their constant source of joy and motivation. In her role as a UAA faculty member, Liz has taught classes on a variety of public health topics, and conducted research to improve food security, as well as water and sanitation services, in Alaska. Most recently, Liz worked with colleagues to perform essential public health research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Municipality of Anchorage. She was elected to the Alaska State House in 2020.

Occupation

  • Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of Alaska Anchorage
Education
  • PhD, Soil and Water Science, University of Florida, 2009
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), Emory University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Florida, 2002
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage. (Rank of Assistant Professor from 2009 to 2016; promoted to Associate Professor in Spring 2016-2021.)
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Food Research, Enterprise, and Sustainability Hub (FRESH) of the North. Joint initiative at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2018-Present.
  • MPH Program Coordinator, Department of Health Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage. January 2015-2017.
  • Graduate Researcher, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. Summer 2006.
Community and Volunteer Service
  • Academic Advisor, UAA Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. 15-20 MPH students each year. 2009-2021. Broad range of advising topics, including COVID-19, food security, water & sanitation, healthcare delivery and access, health policy, and health impact assessment (HIA).
  • Co-Lead, Core Visioning Team, Anchorage Urban Farm Project. Lead a diverse team of Alaska food systems practitioners in developing a 15-acre plot of neglected downtown land into a working urban farm. Fall 2017-present.
  • Co-Lead, Williwaw Garden Project and Tudor Garden Project. Collaborate with Williwaw and Tudor Elementary teachers and NeighborWorks to develop and administer school gardening lessons. Spring 2018-Spring 2019.
  • Member, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI), Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). 2014-2015.
  • Co-Chair, Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC). Spring 2014-Summer 2018.
  • Executive Committee and founding member, Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA). Spring 2010-Fall 2014.
  • Member, Alaska Health Impact Assessment Working Group (Advised the state program). Fall 2009-Spring 2011.
Date and Year of Birth
  • October 1980
Spouse
  • Sam Snyder
Children
  • 9 years old and 7 years old
Residency in Alaska
  • 12 years
Special Interests and Hobbies
Raising backyard chickens, utilizing vertical drip irrigation to produce greenhouse tomatoes, growing beautiful peonies, chasing moose out of her raised beds, and instilling in her children a love for Alaska Grown carrots made sugar-sweet in the cold soil.