Elizabeth (Liz) Collier, our Director of Community Outreach, is charged with publicizing the Society in the wider community and connecting with neighbors and organizations.
As Director of Community Outreach at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, Elizabeth makes connections between the Ethical Society and other organizations in the area, does publicity for the Ethical Society, creates new programs at the Ethical Society, coordinates our children’s programming, and leads some of the Sunday Platform programs.
Elizabeth Collier was raised in Ethical Culture from the age of 7 at the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester, where she graduated from the Sunday School. She was a founding member of the Future of Ethical Societies, a national group for young adults to stay connected to Ethical Culture.
Elizabeth earned a B.A. in Music from Barnard College in 2007, where she studied flute performance and was president of the 60-member Columbia University Wind Ensemble. She has worked in Arts Administration for several major music institutions in New York City. Elizabeth is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which helped her launch a small private health coaching practice. From her time at college to her group classes in health and nutrition, Elizabeth discovered her love for public speaking.
Before joining RYSEC, for two years Elizabeth was a fellow of the American Ethical Union (AEU), researching how to engage more young adults into Ethical Culture. Her fellowship work took her to several Ethical Societies around the country, where she presented Sunday Platforms, given workshops, and worked with various committees to help make the Societies more attractive and welcoming to younger generations.
Elizabeth enjoys playing music, hiking, buying and picking locally produced food, cooking, and traveling. She lives in Yonkers with her husband Cyrus, a software developer and musician, and their two children.