Liz A. Dorn

Seminars Program Coordinator, Professional Development Program
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M.A., International Pacific Affairs, UC San Diego; B.A. Political Science and Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Area of Expertise: 

American political structures; U.S. Electoral College; First Amendment rights; religion in the public sphere; women’s entrepreneurship and leadership development; and building knowledge capacity and networks among journalists

Ms. Liz A. Dorn is a program coordinator in the Seminars department of the East-West Center where she is responsible for conceptualizing, designing and executing various media and leadership programs, including the Jefferson Fellowships, Senior Journalists Seminar, and the U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar. The purpose of these programs is to promote better public understanding of cultures, issues and trends in the region that encompasses the United States, Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Dorn is also responsible for coordinating the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar and the #galswithLEI Forum.

Before moving to Hawaii, Ms. Dorn served as a program associate with the U.S. Asia Pacific Council. Ms. Dorn has also worked for the former Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. as a congressional staffer. In addition, Ms. Dorn spent several years as an accountant both in the tourism sector at Vail Resorts Inc. and in the commercial real estate sector with CB Richard Ellis Inc.

Ms. Dorn co-authored the book chapter, “Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar:  A Model for Increasing Asia Pacific Women’s Entrepreneurial Participation,” in the academic text Women and Leadership Around the World. She is also a former vice chair of communications for a political party in Hawaii and former chair for the Party’s annual State Convention. Ms. Dorn was the recipient of a Boston University Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs fellowship in 2010.

Ms. Dorn graduated with her master’s in International Pacific Affairs from the University of California at San Diego, with a regional concentration in China. She also holds bachelors’ degrees in both political science and Asian studies as well as a minor in religious studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.