Elizabeth Randol, Ph.D.
Liz’s professional experience spans several sectors, including higher education, nonprofit, public, and private sector positions. While her background is varied, her work consistently targets the often-difficult pivot from research to results, from project inception to implementation. Liz currently consults in three main areas: research and policy development, strategic planning and analysis, and campaign management.
Liz spent the first part of her career in academia, teaching at Binghamton University and The University of Scranton. Her publication and research agenda focused primarily on political action and civic engagement, frequently specializing in gender-based policy issues such as violence against women and reproductive rights. In the public sector, she served as the policy director for the Pennsylvania State Treasurer, developing the department’s policies on Marcellus Shale, privatization of state assets, shareholder engagement, and divestment of public funds from prohibited financial investments. She also spearheaded Treasury initiatives on micro-lending, state government financial modernization, and retirement security.
Liz has led several organization-wide strategic studies, most notably during her tenure as the Chief of Staff to the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners. Facing a $14M budget shortfall upon taking office, Liz developed a comprehensive strategic implementation plan to align the Commissioners’ priorities with county operations that maximized outcomes and minimized expenditures. As a result of that plan, she overhauled the county’s entire organizational structure, oversaw forty departmental budget hearings to begin a zero-based budgeting process, aggressively negotiated four collective bargaining agreements, and established a county-wide continuity of operations plan.
In addition to running for public office herself, Liz manages electoral campaigns as well as statewide issue-based campaigns ranging from election reform to women’s entrepreneurship to early childhood education. She is well-heeled in managing the core components of political and advocacy campaigns including research, polling, field operations, mobilization, lobbying, communications, and fundraising.
Several organizations have recognized Liz’s professional contributions; most recently, she received the Athena Award from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and was honored among the Top 25 Women in Business by the Northeast PA Business Journal.
Liz earned her BA in Philosophy from Washington & Lee University in Virginia with concentrations in Political Science, Buddhist Studies, and Russian Studies. She earned her Masters’ degree from North Carolina State University and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Binghamton University, specializing in social and political philosophy.