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Beth Richer: Advocate for the Underserved

Beth RicherBeth Richer first worked with the League of Education Voters (LEV) as a consultant with the Youth & Families Initiative. She returned full-time in 2010 after managing Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s (successful) re-election campaign to help LEV grow and build relationships with Washington legislators. While at LEV, Beth’s work focused primarily on issues that directly correlate with closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for Washington’s students.

Beth recently left our organization to take a position as the Senior Advocate Engagement Manager at Health Advocacy Strategies, an organization that focuses on bringing in patients as advocates and emphasizing an authentic patient voice in biotechnology and pharmaceutical marketing.

A native Ohioan, Beth earned undergraduate degrees in political science and theology from Xavier University. She made her way to the West Coast via the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, spending a year in service working for local nonprofits and toward social justice.

Frank Ordway, Director of Government Relations at LEV, commented on Beth’s contributions to LEV, saying, “Beth’s confidence and professionalism has been a huge asset to LEV. Her strong commitment to all kids—especially the underserved—made a big impact in our work to improve public education for all Washington kids, from cradle to career. It’s been a pleasure working with her over the last five years, and I wish her all the best in her new position.”

In her free time, Beth enjoys getting lost in the mountains, paddling around Lake Union, wishing Seattle had a basketball team, and searching out anyone who can elongate their O’s as only true Mid-Westerners can.

Beth was a valuable member of LEV’s team, and we will miss her greatly, but we wish her the best in her next adventure at Health Advocacy Strategies.

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